A karte aroosi or wedding card in English is the most traditional way to invite family and friends to a wedding. An Afghan wedding is celebrated with lots of dancing and rituals throughout the wedding. Examples of these rituals are: Ahesta Boro, Mirror and Koran and Henna.
Halfway through the wedding they will sing a song called ‘Ahesta Boro’ The number means walk slowly. During the song the bride and groom walk slowly along the guests towards their place.
Mirror and Koran
A tradition after the song is ‘Mirror and Koran’. The couple gets a veil over their head. The groom looks through the mirror at his bride and reads from the Koran.
In former times they used to make an incisions in the palm of the bride an groom, to mix their blood together. Nowadays it is replaced with henna. The mother of the groom puts a teaspoon full of henna on the palm of the bride and covers it with a triangular cloth made of a thin and shiny fabric. The mother of the bride puts henna on the little finger of the groom and covers it with a cloth as well.