Monday, January 06, 2014

Bengali Wedding

Holly and I were invited to the wedding of the construction contractor's daughter.  We are regularly invited to weddings locally, however this was a new experience in the city versus in the village. They had prepared for roughly 2,500 people to go to the wedding feast. Very few of the guests actually stick around to see the bride or groom who often show up a few hours after the feast has started. The majority of people come, eat for about 10 - 15 minutes then get up and leave.

The wedding feast (male side) - people keep coming in from 1:30 till 4:30 to eat.

The bride was on the women's side of the building. I was taken over to get some photos. Her sister is next to her and two of her cousins on the sides work with us on the project.

The groom on the men's side of the building. No one told me not to smile.

The bride and groom get together to finally eat a meal. Then they sit down and do a few traditional ceremonial rituals. The man's turban is rolled down then he is covered by the woman's scarf. They look into a mirror at each other, then drink a glass of special milk.

The bride's family (Contractor)

Both families

With the current road situations I went up in a bus by myself to attend the wedding and do some other project meeting in town. Holly stayed back to be around site.


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