A bride and groom are showered with money as they dance during a wedding in Abou el-Gheit, north of Cairo.
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Microphone in hand, master of ceremonies Hassan al-Agami announces that one of the attendees has contributed 5,000 Egyptian pounds ($274), an unusually large amount. But the money in the pot is not for the young girl – it is for her father whose turn it is to collect the contents of a "money pool". Unlike other money pools in Egypt, participants in the same one as the girl's father do not know each other.Such parties are held each week in Egypt, usually on a Thursday evening, which marks the end of the work week.One party can cost around 50,000 pounds to organize, yet the person throwing it could collect as much as 200,000 pounds from the pool, according to Agami.At another party in the town of Shama about 70 kilometers north of Cairo in the Nile Delta, retailer Walid Abou Sarah is throwing a wedding party for his brother after contributing to a money pool for months.
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