IN PHOTOS: Weddings Offer Welcomed Respite in Gaza

The humanitarian situation in Gaza is poor and unemployment is high, but that doesn't mean locals can't find reasons to celebrate.

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In this Saturday, July 31, 2016 photo, Palestinian groom Saed Abu Aser, and his pride, Falasteen, walk into the wedding hall amid smoke from fireworks, in Gaza City.
In this Saturday, July 31, 2016 photo, Palestinian groom Saed Abu Aser, and his pride, Falasteen, walk into the wedding hall amid smoke from fireworks, in Gaza City. Credit: Khalil Hamra, AP
Khalil Hamra

AP - Weddings have emerged as a welcome celebration that slices through the often morose mood in the Gaza Strip, even as the Palestinian coastal territory endures blockades from Israel and Egypt and an oppressive Hamas regime. 

For both poor and well-off Gazans, weddings are a days-long, lavish affair of parties and dancing. 

In this Saturday, July 30, 2016 photo, Palestinian groom Saed Abu Aser, center left, and relatives dance in front of his bride, Falasteen, in her family house during their wedding party, in Gaza City.
In this Saturday, July 30, 2016 photo, Palestinian groom Saed Abu Aser, center left, and relatives dance in front of his bride, Falasteen, in her family house during their wedding party, in Gaza City.Credit: Khalil Hamra, AP
In this Saturday, July 30, 2016 photo, Palestinian groom Saed Abu Aser, center right, dances with relatives while holding guns in the family house during his wedding party, in Gaza City.
In this Saturday, July 30, 2016 photo, Palestinian groom Saed Abu Aser, center right, dances with relatives while holding guns in the family house during his wedding party, in Gaza City. Credit: Khalil Hamra, AP
In this Saturday, July 30, 2016 photo, a woman throws candy at friends of Palestinian groom Saed Abu Aser, as they pass through the neighborhood dancing, before his wedding party in Gaza City.
In this Saturday, July 30, 2016 photo, a woman throws candy at friends of Palestinian groom Saed Abu Aser, as they pass through the neighborhood dancing, before his wedding party in Gaza City.Credit: Khalil Hamra, AP
In this Saturday, July 30, 2016 photo, band members play celebratory music in the family house of Palestinian groom Saed Abu Aser, as part of the preparations for his wedding, in Gaza.
In this Saturday, July 30, 2016 photo, band members play celebratory music in the family house of Palestinian groom Saed Abu Aser, as part of the preparations for his wedding, in Gaza.Credit: Khalil Hamra, AP
In this Saturday, July 30, 2016 photo, Palestinian groom Saed Abu Aser, second left, dances with his relatives in the family house during his wedding party, in Gaza City.
In this Saturday, July 30, 2016 photo, Palestinian groom Saed Abu Aser, second left, dances with his relatives in the family house during his wedding party, in Gaza City.Credit: Khalil Hamra, AP
In this Saturday, July 30, 2016 photo, friends of Palestinian groom Saed Abu Aser, help him into his tuxedo in the family house in preparation for his wedding, in Gaza City.
In this Saturday, July 30, 2016 photo, friends of Palestinian groom Saed Abu Aser, help him into his tuxedo in the family house in preparation for his wedding, in Gaza City. Credit: Khalil Hamra, AP
In this Thursday, July 28, 2016 photo, relatives of Palestinian groom Saed Abu Aser, dance in a party celebrating his wedding, in Gaza City.
In this Thursday, July 28, 2016 photo, relatives of Palestinian groom Saed Abu Aser, dance in a party celebrating his wedding, in Gaza City. Credit: Khalil Hamra, AP
In this Saturday, July 30, 2016 photo, Palestinian groom Saed Abu Aser, 22, walks with his bride, Falasteen, out of her family house to the wedding hall to celebrate their wedding, in Gaza City.
In this Saturday, July 30, 2016 photo, Palestinian groom Saed Abu Aser, 22, walks with his bride, Falasteen, out of her family house to the wedding hall to celebrate their wedding, in Gaza City. Credit: Khalil Hamra, AP
In this Saturday, July 30, 2016 photo, Palestinian groom Saed Abu Aser, and his bride, Falasteen, walk into the wedding hall, in Gaza City.
In this Saturday, July 30, 2016 photo, Palestinian groom Saed Abu Aser, and his bride, Falasteen, walk into the wedding hall, in Gaza City.Credit: Khalil Hamra, AP
In this Saturday, July 30, 2016 photo, two girls pose for a picture as they sit in front of the family house during the wedding party of Palestinian groom Saed Abu Aser, in Gaza City.
In this Saturday, July 30, 2016 photo, two girls pose for a picture as they sit in front of the family house during the wedding party of Palestinian groom Saed Abu Aser, in Gaza City.Credit: Khalil Hamra, AP
In this Saturday, July 30, 2016 photo, friends of Palestinian groom Saed Abu Aser, spray him with cologne as they help him get dressed for his wedding, at the family house in Gaza City.
In this Saturday, July 30, 2016 photo, friends of Palestinian groom Saed Abu Aser, spray him with cologne as they help him get dressed for his wedding, at the family house in Gaza City. Credit: Khalil Hamra, AP
In this Saturday, July 30, 2016 photo, friends of Palestinian groom Saed Abu Aser, help him in the traditional  "prenuptial" bath, in the family house in preparation for his wedding in Gaza City.
In this Saturday, July 30, 2016 photo, friends of Palestinian groom Saed Abu Aser, help him in the traditional "prenuptial" bath, in the family house in preparation for his wedding in Gaza City. Credit: Khalil Hamra, AP
In this Saturday, July 30, 2016 photo, Palestinian groom Saed Abu Aser, dances in the street on his way to the wedding hall, in Gaza City.
In this Saturday, July 30, 2016 photo, Palestinian groom Saed Abu Aser, dances in the street on his way to the wedding hall, in Gaza City. Credit: Khalil Hamra, AP
In this Saturday, July 30, 2016 photo, friends and relatives of Palestinian groom Saed Abu Aser dance in the streets around the neighborhood before his wedding in Gaza City.
In this Saturday, July 30, 2016 photo, friends and relatives of Palestinian groom Saed Abu Aser dance in the streets around the neighborhood before his wedding in Gaza City.Credit: Khalil Hamra, AP
In this Saturday, July 30, 2016 photo, Palestinian groom Saed Abu Aser, and his bride, Falasteen, take the stairs down to the wedding hall, in Gaza City.
In this Saturday, July 30, 2016 photo, Palestinian groom Saed Abu Aser, and his bride, Falasteen, take the stairs down to the wedding hall, in Gaza City. Credit: Khalil Hamra, AP
In this Thursday, July 28, 2016 photo, relatives of Palestinian groom Saed Abu Aser, dance in a party celebrating his wedding, in Gaza City. Credit: Khalil Hamra, AP

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