One of the highlights of the Hassidic wedding is the mitzvah tanz (or mitzvah dance). During the mitzvah tanz, family members and respected rabbis are invited to dance before the bride to bring her happiness. The dance begins after the wedding ceremony ends, typically around midnight, and often continues until the early hours of the morning. For reasons of modesty, the bride’s face is covered with a veil and she stands at a distance from the dancing men, grasping one end of a gartel (long belt made of black silk). Her own father and grandfather may dance directly in front of her without a gartel.