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A Sikh wedding in India

Saturday, November 09, 2013

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
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    Thanks so much for sharing!! What an experience!!
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    2632 days ago
    Beautiful, and very interesting. Thanks for the photos and explanations.
    There are a lot of Sikhs in the area I live, a lot working in sawmills and owning their own blueberry farms. Interesting culture and traditions.
    I took a health care assistance course two years ago, and of the 15 in the class, 12 were Sikhs, half immigrated from India. They were all well-educated in India, but their schooling didn't transfer to jobs in Canada, plus they were not all entirely fluent in English. Because of that experience, I decided to take a Punjabi course and have now done session 6 of 8. I love their alphabet characters, and while they have many sounds we don't, (4 different T sounds, 4 different D sounds, 4 different N sounds, 2 different R, K, J, B and G sounds) their writing is phonetic so it is fun to use it as code to write English words.
    2632 days ago
    Wow! What a great experience!

    Thank you for sharing! I agree, a smaller ceremony suits me better!
    2632 days ago
    Very interesting. Thanks for sharing and good to hear from you!
    2632 days ago
  • LAURIE5658
    Oh Steph, thank you for this wonderful blog! I am learning a lot from you! So happy you and Poli finally had some fun times after the attack. Hugs!
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    2632 days ago
    What delightful people Sikhs are! I've had the pleasure of working with a doctor who is a Sikh, such a kind, gentle spirit. Love the colorful rituals...beautiful!

    2632 days ago
  • SNS1968
    Very cool. I have a lot of Sikh friends, and they know how to party!!
    2632 days ago
    Beautiful pictures, love the fun colors, so different from Germany (my native country) or here in Canada. It always interesting to learn about different cultures.
    2632 days ago
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