‘The Walima, or the marriage banquet, is the second of the two traditional parts of an Islamic wedding. The Walima is performed after the nikah or marriage ceremony. The word walima is derived from awlam, meaning to gather or assemble. It designates a feast in Arabic .’
As defined above The Walima is a gathering of wedding guests to feast in celebration of the wedding which, on this occasion, happened two days before (see Part Two). This event is hosted by the Groom’s family with the Bride’s family and friends as guests.
It was held at The Athena in Leicester which is an old grand cinema converted into an opulent space for weddings, dining and conferences.
The Walima is a simple affair. The guests arrive. The Couple arrive with the usual fanfare - drums and music. They sit on a stage where the guests are invited to congratulate them and share more gifts. Then everyone eats, the cake is cut and then it’s all over. Except on this occasion they was an impromptu dancing session at the end which - as you can see - the Couple and the guests really enjoyed.