Wedding on special day
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.
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.