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Definition of "Walima"


Definition: A public wedding party or reception which takes place after the marriage contract (nikah) is signed. In Islam, the groom's family traditionally invites the community for a meal, although specific traditions vary from culture to culture. "Walima" comes from the Arabic word walam, which means to gather people together.

Pronunciation: wa-lee-ma

Also Known As: 'urs

Alternate Spellings: walimah

Examples: At Mohammad and Nour's walimah, the guests were invited to a buffet with appetizers, lamb, chicken, rice and salad.

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