The mayan on Wednesday was fun; we ate lots of yummy Indian food (pakoras, my fave) and danced lots too! There was a juggo dance, which is where everyone dances with a light on their head and there was also a part there all the females rubbed lotion on the grooms arm. I'm not sure of the reasons for any of these traditions, but it was super interesting to see and be part of!
|Amanda, Pavan, me|
Today was the ceremony at the Akali Singh Sikh Temple in Vancouver (the one you can see off Hwy 1 by First Ave). I've never been to an actual Indian marriage ceremony so this was exciting for me, plus a little nerve racking for us considering we don't know any of the 'rituals' and didn't want to offend anyone. We knew the basics: cover your head when in the temple, take your shoes off in the temple etc...but just basic things were scary! We managed to pull it off without harming anyone or embarrassing ourselves. I don't have many photos since I didn't think it was very respectful to whip out a camera in the middle of a religious ceremony (of which I was unfamiliar with at that!) so here is what I do have:
|In our suits - baggy pants with a tunic essentially, plus a scarf to cover your head (we wore saris to the mayan above)|
|We were given this upon entry to the ceremony - actually quite helpful to follow along!!|
After the wedding ceremony this morning, I went to work. Between yesterday and today, I have gotten a lot done. I still have a large "to do" list, but it has been majorly reduced. The BEST feeling in the entire world is having a very minimal list of emails in your inbox! (a la my computer below:)
|Look! Only SIX emails in my inbox, hooray!!|