The Character of the Dibra Traditional Wedding Ritual Songs in Various Stages of Development


  • Mimoza Shqefni


The wedding songs are widely spread, they are sung in all the regions of Dibra (inside and outside of the political region). Even though they are relatively short, each of them contains a piece of life; each of them has a message or an advice for the bride (mostly), but even for the groom and other family members. Although these songs are sung differently in various regions, it depends on the region and its social-economical development; they have a common denominator in the wedding ritual. This ritual develops since from the girl’s engagement, which is a kind os a “sign” till the end of the wedding, which closes all these ritual. The purpose of this paper is to depict how the Dibra traditional wedding ritual songs appear in many defined forms and are irreplaceable in conveying the ritual. This happens in different stages of wedding development. Considering the fact that the ritual is a defined “rule”, it can create the idea of the uniformity in all the regions. This is true only for the regularity of ritual appilcation, but it is even another factor, which makes the difference, the subjectivity, which emphasizes one element, by separating another one. It depends on the conditions, but also in the knowledge and the skill of the singer. The topics that most frequently affect wedding songs are quite interesting and wide. If we analyse all the songs used during the development of the wedding, they convey in it the best congratulations, blessings and prayers so that the couple will have a good life, good luck and prosperity. Especially in songs that demonstrate the left-out of the bride from parental home, are depicted the advice given to the girl how to behave in her new home by giving the shades of life.

Keywords: Dibra, wedding songs, rituals, etc.




How to Cite

Shqefni, M. (2015). The Character of the Dibra Traditional Wedding Ritual Songs in Various Stages of Development. ANGLISTICUM. Journal of the Association-Institute for English Language and American Studies, 4(6), 239–244. Retrieved from



Volume 4, No.6, June 2015