What Is a Bedeken?

Bedeken is a Jewish pre-wedding ceremony tradition where the groom lowers the veil of his bride.

It happens just prior to the actual wedding ceremony and takes place under what is known as the chuppah.

The groom is accompanied by his parents, the Rabbi, and other dignitaries while surrounded by joyous singing from his friends.

He then covers the bride’s face with a veil at which point the Rabbi will pronounce a blessing upon the couple.

The bride will wear this veil up until the conclusion of the ceremony.

Key Points

  • Some people believe that the Bedeken ceremony is the meaning of the term chuppah which is Hebrew for ‘covering’.
  • The veiling ceremony is held only for a bride’s first marriage and is a symbol of the married woman expressing dignity.
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