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TRADITIONAL WEDDINGS IN INDIA

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THE FIRST SEGMENT OF THE... THE FIRST SEGMENT OF THE WEDDING RITUAL RAJAH AND LALIMA MARRYING RAJAH AND LALIMA MARRYING
Our next door neighbors here in Larkspur are Rajah & Lalima of India heritage. Yesterday we were privileged to be some of the few guest for their traditional wedding ceremony. Rajah's parents and uncle came from Bengaluru.

The day and time were chosen by the horoscopes of the Bride and Groom to be December 13th at 8:30am. We arrived early at the hilltop church sanctuary chosen for the event.

While the guests went into another room for a breakfast, he stage was initially prepared by the priest with:
Fresh flowers – to signify beauty
Coconut – to signify fertility
Rice and other grains – to signify the food necessary for sustenance of life
Ghee (purified butter) – to feed the sacred fire
Kumkum (vermilion) – red powder used for marking the forehead to signify good luck and to say that your soul (husband) is with you

The first part of the formal ceremony included an hour of the Groom, father, mother, uncle and helper dressed as in the first photo performing a series of rituals. It is my guess that this often happened as a party the night before. We guest, continued to visit, take pictures and move around.

Then the bride walked down the isle when we felt compelled to be more formal and was highlighted by the seven walks around the fire signifying the seven vows made to each other.

We then left around noon to attend the luncheon back at the Apartment complex where we live and enjoyed a bountiful array of special Indian cuisine!

Thank you for an extraordinary learning experience!!

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