Carrie's Journies (and amazing adventures!!)
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Tuesday, November 29, 2005
It's Wedding Time
This past weekend I was able to take part in an Indian wedding. Umma's older brother, Ganassen was married to Ramoune, a Lithuanian. We had such a fun time with festivities and dinners before and after the wedding!
The evening before, a ceremony takes place where all the aunts come and bless the couple in prayers at the home. A celebration proceeds of good food and good company. Other preparations include preparing the henna designs on the bride's hands and feet. Henna is made from crushing the leaves of a certain tree and making it into a paste. It is applied to any part of the body like one would frost a cake. Once dry, the stains or "tattoo" will last for about 2 weeks. The designs of henna are beautiful and intricate.
Many steps are put into the Indian wedding. There are many prayers and blessings that the priest must do for the bride and groom individually and separately, ending in the exchange of toe rings - the Indians' wedding band - and the placing of the talley (a gold colored string that remains around the neck of the wife for life). Following the ceremony is an excellent display of photography with all family members, food, fun, loud music, and fellowship! What a great and tiring day!!