I had the pleasure of attending three weddings this year, and will share some of the special traditions and pictures from each of these weddings.
This wedding was very special to us, since the daughter of our long time friend was getting married, and also because the wedding ceremony was taking place in the same church as the filming of the, the ever so popular movie, “My Big Fat Greek Wedding”.
Once all the pre-wedding and the actual wedding ceremonies and rituals finalized, a very large wedding reception begins. However, it is not unusual for an Assamese style wedding, to have a wedding reception even a week before the actual wedding.
The Assamese wedding reception resembles an American open house party, with a beautifully served buffet style meal, consisting of myriad of selections of fruits, sweets and an abundance of deliciously prepared dishes of fish and meat. The reception area is elaborately decorated with lots of greenery and beautiful floral arrangements.
I have been quite intrigued by the stories and pictures shared with me by my colleagues from India, who experienced their own traditional Assamese Hindu Wedding, and numerous others of their family and friends.
Marriages in India used to be arranged by the parents of the future bride and groom, but this practice has lessened considerably now, and the “in love” marriages are becoming more popular. However, the parents from both sides still play a very prominent role
June is a very popular month for weddings, at least in the United States. I have attended many weddings with various traditions, but if you ever attended a Ukrainian wedding, you can attest to the fact that there is lots of food, endless desserts, special breads (Greeting Bread and Korovai) in addition to the Wedding Cake, and lots of dancing, to most likely lots of very fast beats of a Ukrainian live band.