Wednesday, March 16, 2011

The Engagement

On February 25 we had the privilege of accompanying our dear friend Patrick to Takoradi for his "engagement". Due to culture and tradition, marriages are a little different than in the US. Before the engagement can be official the two families negotiate a "bride price". Before the wedding can take place the families meet together to pay the price and make the engagement official.

After the family accepts the "gifts" Patrick places the ring on Charlotte's finger and it is official!

We love Patrick and Charlotte and are so happy for them. The Church discourages the traditions of the "bride price". Hopefully the time will soon come that members of the church will no longer have the stress of coming up with large amounts of money to pay to the bride's family before they can marry and begin their own family.

1 comment:

  1. I would like to know the reason that the bride price is so terrible. I have a problem with the idea of forcing a community to change their traditions to conform to another culture deeming itself superior, when in all actuality, they are most likely quite inferior.