BY SHAMIM J. NAKAWOOYA
Although different tribes across the country have different conditions and traditions when it comes to giving gifts during marriage ceremonies, many of them see both the bride and groom’s sides offering gifts to the in-laws.
An introduction ceremony commonly known as kwanjula in Buganda (but which term is generally used across the country) basically means to “introduce”. It is the day the bride-to-be introduces the would-be husband.
The bride’s side
Many parents prepare their daughter with the help of the father’s sister, for marriage and the bride usually expects to receive gifts from her parents or family as well as from her in-laws to be.
In Buganda and Ankole, parents usually prepare different gifts to help their daughter settle in her marriage comfortably. The gifts are also a sign of care and affection towards the bride-to-be.
The bride’s parents may give her gifts such as money, or a plot of land to act as initial capital to help her start a new life. It is also a way of showing their son-in-law that they are a caring and responsible family. Click to read more