A cross cultural experience….

Last week, i had the opportunity to attend a hindu friend’s wedding. It was the first time i was attending one, so naturally inquisitive about the whoel experience, i stayed there till the end.

Although it was not a tradional as we get to see it in movies (the “mandap”, the “sindoor” etc), but yes, to a great extent, the mormalities we are all met. The “agni” was lit in a smal bowl, around which the “pheras” took place.

The truly educating part was the steps that lead towards the final “pheras” after which they were declared husband and wife. The lighting of the fire itself is a detailed process with several steps on its own.

Another significant difference was that while all steps leading to the “pheras” were taking place, the bride’s and the groom’s hands were tied together, for over an hour and a half.

Any one else had any interesting cross cultural experiences?

1 Comment so far

  1. dsouzaL (unregistered) on November 26th, 2005 @ 12:43 pm

    Wow that must have been interesting; I’ve never attended a Hindu Wedding before but I know about circling of something 7 times.

    Anyone want to inform us of how a Hindu Wedding takes place? Where in Karachi did this take place?

    BTW have any of you seen a Christian wedding? I’m sure all of you know the process by now. I find traditional subcontinent weddings more fun…that’s my opinion though.



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