After the fun & interesting Sikh wedding in Mombasa I got a chance to expereince one in India. BF & I had already booked our flights before the Westgate Mall attack happened, so the holiday came just at the right time when we needed a break from all.
We traveled to India, to the village in Punjab where Poli's family comes from and stayed most of the time with his cousin and her family. It was so much fun. Poli's brother also came & stayed with his In-laws, since there was a wedding of his nephew (on his wife's side). So we got to attend all the functions as well.
First was the 48 hour reading of the Holy Book in the Grooms Family's House, we attended the end of the reading, which - as always with Sikhism - was accompanied by a feast
Darwinder (husband of Poli's cousin), Lali (Poli's brother) & Poli
Here the Holy Book is removed from the house and returned to the temple
Then the in the evening another fun function, the groom is covered in a herbal paste by his relatives to brighten his skin & for people to wish him well
here preparations & decorations are being done
the groom is ready:
Mum & Dad are the first to smear the stuff on him
Big Brother does it less gently....
This fun went on for several hours with everyone having a go.
WE went through a couple of other ceremonies & participated in the Mendhi application
and had both hands nicely decorated.
Then on Sunday finally the big day came. Since this wedding had about 1000 guests, only the immediate family attended the ceremony in the Gurudwara, while the rest was eating, drinking & having fun at the Marriage Palace. In India most weddings are held at such social halls, which reminded me of Movie props - lots of decoration in front, beautiful looking, but usually just 1 big room inside & maybe a room or 2 for the bride & groom to rest if needed.
Beautiful Gardens, where there were lush buffets, lots of drinks - mostly mocktails, alcohol & meat are only served to the men in a corner somewhere
The grooms family was serenaded in with backpipes!
Then the party started, lots of food, lots of dancing and the bride & groom sat somewhere in style and everyone walked up to have their picture taken with them & give a present (money)
A wonderful experience, even though I would prefer a smaller wedding