Tuesday, May 10, 2011

A Nepali Wedding

Although the Royal Wedding was great, we think we have it beat: last Friday we were honored to attend an amazing Nepali wedding. The bride is a relative of the Phuyal family, whom we came to know while living in Chicago. We found them through the Nepali Cultural Center of Chicago when we were searching for a Nepali language tutor in preparation for our big move. They welcomed us into their home, invited us to a Nepali mela, and have offered us so much kindness before, during, and since our relocation to Nepal.

Their latest act of generosity was to invite us to a wedding at the Phuyal homestead in Mulpani, a village located east of Boudha. Bishnu and his wife Sharmila traveled back to Nepal for this family event, and we were excited to see them and take part in the wedding.

It was a stunning celebration. Here, the wedding in photos.

Guests lined up to pay their respects to the bride and groom.

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Guests performed a ceremonial washing of the couple's hands and feet.

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The bride's hands were painted with henna.

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While the bride wore bangles, the groom wore a marigold garland.

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Guests placed ceremonial tikka, a paste made of vermillion and rice, on the couple's foreheads.

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There were offerings of fruit, flowers, and fried dough made of rice flour.

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A food tent housed an all-day buffet.

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Cooks prepared dough for deep-fried chapati.

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A band played throughout the day.

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The celebration brought together family and friends, both young and old.

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Different traditions, but similar sentiments -- it was a day filled with fun and love and promise, and we were grateful to be a part of it.

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