Posted by: thekingfamilyinRwanda | December 19, 2014

Gusaba

One thing I like about being a missionary in Rwanda is that no 2 days are alike. Recently, a close friend and former worker asked us if we would host her daughter’s gusaba . A gusaba (literally “to ask”) is the pre wedding ceremony in which the bride and groom are officially introduced to the families and presents are given to both families. Traditionally it was the ceremony in which the groom asks the bride’s family for the bride, and they discuss a bride price, traditionally cows. It’s the most culturally distinct part of the wedding ceremonies, the others being the civil/state wedding and the church wedding. There is a lot of back and forth/palaver/joking and it’s a fun occasion. We provided only our yard and house; the bride and her family did a lovely job putting up tents and decorating. Trust me-our yard does not usually look like this!

The groom greets the bride's family

The groom greets the bride’s family

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About 300 people came to the event.

I'm wearing the traditional Rwandan dress.

I’m wearing the traditional Rwandan dress.

Caleb-always the pediatric! He dressed up in a jacket sewn for him as a gift by the father of a boy we help.

Caleb-always the pediatrician! He dressed up in a jacket sewn for him as a gift by the father of a boy we help.

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  1. Beautiful and not unlike a Naga wedding. The bride price given at a recent family wedding was 60 mithun or cattle. You two look much as you did in 1994. God bless you all in 2015!


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