SOUTH INDIA: SWETHA's WEDDING
Swetha (also known as Annapoorani or AP) is Marek's friend from Vital Images. We attended her wedding in Coimbatore (July 8 - July 9).
Swetha and Karthik in one of their many attires used during the two-day wedding ceremony
Bride's (left) and groom's (right) families together
Initially, the two families perform prayers and rituals separately.
Karthik, his parents and two priests
Swetha, her parents and her sister
The second day several ceremonies are performed, the bride, groom and their families being together.
Ceremony in a decorated swing
Rice balls are used to drive away evil
Bride's father pays respect to the groom by washing his feet
The bride's father gives her daughter away by passing her hands to the hands of the groom
Tying Mangalya (golden necklace on a string) to the bride's neck is one of the major points of the wedding ceremony and needs to be done at astrologically determined exact time of the second wedding day
Once the knot is tied, the groom leads his new wife to a fire (symbol of a household). Historically this was the first time bride and groom held each other's hand.
Prayers are recited in front of the fire
The marriage is officially completed once the bride (whose foot is held by the groom) makes seven steps and the groom recites seven prayers
When the official
ceremonies are over, some games are played by the groom and bride. Those were originally
designed for the groom and bride to become familiar with each other.
Fighting over a coconut
Good food is very important part of the wedding. Meals were served traditionally on banana leaves and eaten by hands.
Jitka with Swetha's sister