A couple recently celebrated their wedding with 4,000 guests. It wasn’t a royal wedding, nor a celebrity knot-tying. In fact, the bride and groom didn’t even know their guests! Turkish newlyweds served their wedding feast to 4,000 Syrian refugees at camp. In lieu of a typical marriage celebration, the couple, Fethullah Uzumcuoglu and Esra Polat fed the hungry in a Syrian refugee camp, reported Yahoo! Canada Good News August 5.
The couple were married in Kilis, a Turkish town near the Syrian border. Since civil war broke in 2011, millions of Syrians have fled their homeland for temporary shelter in Turkey. The camp cannot hold the many in need. The number of Syrian refugees in Turkey is expected to rise to nearly two million in 2015.
Üzümcüoğlu and Polat had the traditional Turkish wedding, which lasts three days, always Tuesday to Thursday. They had the big banquet at the end. But instead of being served, Uzumcuoglu and his bride thought serving was the best way to share their joy and bless their union. They decided that feeding the needy was more important than feeding those with plenty.
The Uzumcuoglus used wedding monies donated by families organize a huge feast. Food trucks were brought to the camp and the couple, in their wedding attire, fed the multitudes from the truck. The bride is shown dressed in her lovely white gown and the groom in his tux, as they lovingly distribute meals. They collaborated with a relief agency called Kimse Yok Mu.
Both the bride and groom agreed they were glad they did. When asked if they received any criticism, Polat said that in their culture, refugees are welcomed as brothers and sisters. If people don’t like that, they must live with that themselves, she quietly replied.