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Published: December 11th 2012
The wedding-festivities are over, half of the family left already to Australia (Surendra, Laxmi & Seelvia + mom and dad). So after saying goodbye yesterday, we have some rest in Bhaktapur. Tomorrow we’ll be leaving for a one week trekking to Langtang.
The wedding was great. We had three important days:
Day 1: Janta. A big parade through the city to pick up the bride. This happens because bride and groom are not living together before the wedding, but after the Janta, the bride will come to live with the family of the groom. So it was a big parade, lots of music,... When we arrived at Kanchana’s place, there was a lot of puja. Kanchana also had to say goodbye to her family, because she would be leaving at the same moment. That is a very emotional happening, with lots of tears. After that, the couple had to eat together and finally we could leave (after they made 3 emotional rounds around the car). It was a long way back, because everybody was dancing in front of the car (happy to take the coupla home), so it went very slow. It took us about 3 hours to get
back home (just a few km). Back home, there was more puja and introduction of all the family members. Later on, we had the traditional Samiya Baji.
Day 2: Party. The real wedding party. It was a big party with about 1000 guests. Bride and groom were sitting on a stage, and so did Seelvia, because the party was also dedicated to her ‘wedding’, also some other family members were there, one of them was Zoe. All of them had to do lots of puja. There was nice food, good music and a lot of people were dancing.
Day 3: Some ‘real’ gods came to our house, to bring the best luck for the couple. They were picked up and brought back with a (this time smaller) music parade. We had to serve them food and drinks in a specific way.
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