From "fishi heik heik?" to "Nshallah nefra7 mennik," parents, grandparents, and just about every family member will bluntly remind you of your miserable and nonexistent relationship status in a country that places marriage on a pedestal. When you absolutely can't ditch the influx of weddings, engagement parties, and family gatherings this summer, here's a tried and true guide that will get you through the 3a2belik madness.
Simply avoid every celebration or family gathering
They can't rub it in your face if your face is nowhere to be found.
Temporarily hook up with a friend
Pick him appropriate, successful, and mature, because you may be able to spare yourself the pity judgments about being single, but if you bring a date that doesn't have a stable income, a house in the city and another in the village, 2 cars, and a well-off family, you wont hear the end of it.
Spoil yourself with a diamond
Any brand will do when it comes to a fake rock from your fake fiancé/husband. The point is to give other wedding guests the impression that you're taken, so that one, you don't have to pretend to be interested in the annoying small talk the groom's friend is trying to make with you, or two, your distant cousins and long lost aunts and uncles don't try to force you onto the dance floor with a stranger.
Get creative with storytelling
Here's your chance to live out your romantic fantasies that you had growing up. Maybe your lover is out slaying dragons, saving the world, a US registered surgeon that works nonstop, or a volunteer at an orphanage in Kenya. Whatever it may be, just make sure it's rehearsed enough to sound believable.