It’s good to read happy and positive news sometimes, even though some people think good news is boring.
The Algerian newspaper ‘Le Soir d’Algérie’ has a great story today about a wonderful gesture by the Imam of a mosque of Emir Abdelkader in Khenchela. 83 poor couples were given the gift of a free wedding. This was not just a free swapping of the vows and signing registers, but the full monty including a wedding reception with a live music.Each couple was given gold rings and a generous gift of money to get them going.
Back in 2012 when I was visiting Egypt with my wife, a young man in his 30s invited us into his poor home to see the crocodile he was stuffing. He turned to me and said how I lucky I was to be able to marry as he could not afford to do this. Often in the West people see marriage as being ‘just a bit of paper’. It’s great to see it so highly regarded in other cultures, and being supported and cherished in such a generous way.
On a more historical note, Khenchela is not only famous for its romantic spirit, but also for its wonderful Roman baths that are still used by local people. I don’t allowing people to have a swim in the Roman baths is going to happen in the very staid city of Bath in the UK…
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