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Arab American wedding party
Alternative Title
Shades of L.A. Photo Collection;
Shades of L.A. is an archive of photographs representing the contemporary and historic diversity of families in Los Angeles. Images were chosen from family albums and include daily life, social organizations, work, personal and holiday celebrations, and migration and immigration activities. Made possible and accessible through the generous support of the Security Pacific National Bank, Sunlaw Cogeneration Partners, Photo Friends, California Council for the Humanities, the Ralph M. Parsons Foundation, and the John Randolph Haynes and Dora Haynes Foundation
Date Created and/or Issued
Contributing Institution
Los Angeles Public Library
Los Angeles Public Library Photo Collection
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Shades of L.A. Donor 0010 was born in Egypt in 1954. She met and married her husband in Egypt. Prior to that, her future husband and his brother had already visited the Los Angeles area. Donor 0010's future husband arrived in the Los Angeles area in the early 1960s and earned an engineering degree from California State University at Long Beach. His brother had arrived from Syria in 1954 to study film at the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA), earning his Bachelor of Arts degree from UCLA in Theatre Arts-Motion Pictures in 1957. After marrying in Egypt, Donor 0010 visited Los Angeles, where her husband bought a house, car and travel agency. For a time in the late 1980s they lived in the Mar Vista neighborhood of Los Angeles, and moved out to Diamond Bar in the mid-1990s. Donor 0010 became a naturalized citizen of the United States in 1988.
Belly dancer and girls holding candles at wedding celebration (called a Zafa) for Arab American. The candles were brought from Egypt, and they must be the same height as the bride. The girls carrying candles must be virgin, and it is believed that carrying them brings marriage.
Color Photoprint, 5x7 in.
Photographic prints
Shades of L.A. Collection; Shades of L.A.: Arab American Community;
S-008-817 120
Arab Americans--California--Garden Grove
Weddings--California--Garden Grove
Marriage customs and rites
Garden Grove (Calif.)
Shades of L.A. Collection photographs
Akkad, Azza

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