Wed­ding on spe­cial day

The Tribune (NZ) - - OPINION - THOMAS HEATON

Manawatu’s Mus­lim com­mu­nity had more to celebrate than just the end of Ramadan. They got a mar­riage too, as a cou­ple sprung their wed­ding on the hun­dreds at­tend­ing the Eid cel­e­bra­tions.

Em­i­lie Vallee from France and Ahmed El­wan from Egypt an­nounced their mar­riage con­tract on the morn­ing of the Eid Al-Fitr, the morn­ing of break­ing the fast of Ramadan. It’s one of the big­gest cel­e­bra­tions on the Mus­lim cal­en­dar.

Both PhD can­di­dates at Massey Univer­sity, the cou­ple kept their im­pend­ing mar­riage se­cret from the com­mu­nity, only telling their clos­est friends and fam­ily be­fore ar­riv­ing at the mas­sive cel­e­bra­tion on Satur­day morn­ing.

Ramadan also calls for Mus­lims to be char­i­ta­ble, and the cou­ple are rais­ing $17,000 for a well in Van­u­atu as part of their gift reg­istry. The well will be in­stalled in the re­mote vil­lage of Ika­pau, on Tanna.

PHOTO: DAVID UNWIN/ FAIR­FAX NZ

Massey PhD stu­dents Ahmed El­wan and Em­i­lie Vallee hold­ing ring bearer Ilyas Arab (2), tied the knot dur­ing a sur­prise wed­ding at the end of Ramadan.

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