Walima (Arabic: وليمة‎ walīmah),or the marriage banquet, is the second of the two traditional partsof an Islamic wedding. The walima is performed after the nikah,(Arabic: نكاح‎) or marriage ceremony. The word walima is derivedfrom awlam, meaning to gather or assemble. It designates a feast in Arabic . Walima isused as a symbol to show domestic happiness in the household post-marriage. Whilewalima is often used to describe a celebration of marriage, it is also held tocelebrate the birth of a newborn and the purchase of a new home.