Biographical sources[ edit ] Very little at all is known about Saint Nicholas's historical life. Cann and medievalist Charles W.
Jones both consider Michael the Archimandrite's Life the only account of Saint Nicholas that is likely to contain any historical truth.
English argues for a historical kernel to the legend, noting the story's early attestation as well as the fact that no similar stories were told about any other Christian saints. English notes that lists of the attendees at Nicaea vary considerably, with shorter lists only including roughly names, but longer lists including around Nicholas did not attend the Council of Nicaea, but someone at an early date was baffled that his name was not listed and so added him to the list.
Greydanus concludes that, because of the story's late attestation, it "has no historical value.
English notes that the story of the resurrection of the pickled children is a late medieval addition to the legendary biography of Saint Nicholas  and that it is not found in any of his earliest Lives. Nicholas invited the sailors to unload a part of the wheat to help in the time of need. The sailors at first disliked the request, because the wheat had to be weighed accurately and delivered to the Emperor.
Only when Nicholas promised them that they would not suffer any loss for their consideration, the sailors agreed. When they arrived later in the capital, they made a surprising find: Nicholas Church, Demrewhere Saint Nicholas's bones were kept before they were removed and taken to Bari in  In the mids, Gemile was vulnerable to attack by Arab fleets, so Nicholas's remains appear to have been moved from the island to the city of Myra, where Nicholas had served as bishop for most of his life.
Passionate Encounter Arranged marriages still happen in the Arab world. The traditions of conservative Arab society and Islam forbid couples to have sex or socialize before marriage however forced marriages are against Islamic teachings. Therefore, when it is time for a young man to get married, his family will look around to identify a number of potential brides.
Arab Christians  such as Coptic Christians in Egypt. Freedom of marriage was restricted to ensure children were produced according to the correct family groups and affiliations and avoid marriages with certain close relatives or marriages with any one outside the group.
The first meeting usually takes place between the bride, groom, and their respective mothers.
They meet, usually in a public place or in the bride's house, and get to know each other. The bride, groom, and their chaperones will typically sit separately, but within sight of each other, in order to get to know each other.
Nowadays, the man might suggest to his family who he would like them to consider, and it may be that the man and the woman already know each other. It is also nowadays common in urban families for a bride and the groom to agree to marry before the groom approaches the bride's family for their permission.
Tulba[ edit ] Wear engagement ring during wedding ceremony in Tunisia Tulba Arabic: The event is more private, limited to the relatives of the bride and groom. This occurs after both families have agreed to the couple's decision to jail. In "Tulpa", the groom, along with his family members, asks the bride, with her family for her part, to her hand in marriage.
Families then formally recognize that the couple will be married. Engagement[ edit ] Engagements Arabic: Usually, the bride and groom dress in matching colors. They exchange rings, putting the rings on each other's right-hand ring finger they are very common Radwa[ edit ] This event usually occurs one or two days before the wedding day. It is a small gathering of close male relatives on both sides of the bride and groom, usually in the home of the bride's family. In this exchange, the men on the groom's side make sure that the bride's family is satisfied with the party.
Male family members on the groom side also make sure to resolve any last minute issues before the wedding. After all, the eldest man on the side of the groom congratulates all the male relatives on both sides.
Henna night Ghomrah [ edit ] An Arab bride a basic, hand-tied rose bouquet, on her hands henna In Old Palestine, the henna night was a night used to prepare all the necessary wedding decorations and last minute arrangements.
It was also a chance for the families to celebrate together before the wedding. The groom's family would sahij or dance through the streets of the village until reaching the house of the bride. Once there, the family would mix henna together, which would then be used to decorate the bride and grooms hands with the groom's being merely the initials of his bride and himselfand then offer the bride her mahr usually gold as it does not decline in value like other wealth.
The families would then dance and sing traditional Palestinian music. In modern times, particularly those not living in Palestine, the henna night remains traditional in customs, but is very similar to a bachelorette party ; the bride's female friends and relatives join her in celebrating, which includes food, drinks, and a lot of dancing.
A women's group plays Arabic music, sometimes Islamic music, while everyone dances.
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A woman draws henna or mehndia temporary form of skin decoration using hennaon the bride and guests' skin — usually the palms and feet, where the henna color will be darkest because the skin contains higher levels of keratin there, which binds temporarily to lawsonethe colorant of henna. Henna decorations from DjerbaTunisia The men will also have a party, in which the groom's family and friends will dance to traditional Palestinian music.
In some village customs, the groom's face is shaven by a close family member or friend in preparation for his wedding. The tradition of giving the bride her gold is also still used. The groom will enter where the bride is, they well both get their henna done, and the groom will then offer the bride her mahr.
Thus, the wedding being merely dancing and celebration. An important element of the henna night in both traditional and non-traditional henna parties, is the dress adorned by the Palestinian women and the groom. The women dress in traditional usually hand embroidered gowns, known as Palestinian ithyab. The brides thobe would be extravagant and exquistely embroidered. The groom will wear the usual traditional Arab men's thobe and hata head covering.