|L-R. No clue (he just jumped in and smiled, our two IT guys, the cook, and Saleem (who does general help)|
|L-R: Nazia, Mahvida and Jia. My class is really a fun group!|
|I don't know how well this shows it but we drove through some fairly high water and this was a good 3 hours after the rain.|
I learned a few new words today. Acha (sp) pronounce Ah-Cha means good. When I said it to the cook-he beamed. Bas (Bahs) means enough. Sayed would keep feeding me until I popped if given an opportunity. I've told the students every day they have to teach me a few new words so they have taken it to heart. They are also determined to take me shopping and do the bargaining for me. They said I could pass for someone from the northern territories if I put on a scarf and keep my mouth shut. Otherwise, we would not get a good deal.
Tonight I had a real treat. One of my students (Roma Khan) invited me to her cousin's wedding. I called Maryam Aslam and she told me what to do and made suggestions as one usually gives a small gift of cash to the bride and groom. My biggest problem was finding an envelope but I asked my New Zealand friend Simon Testa to see if he can make Sayed understand what I need. He found the perfect thing and so I am happy.
So, I got to wear my one super spangle outfit and go see a traditional wedding. They actually have 3 ceremonies. This was second of those ceremonies called the Mehndi which is the henna ceremony. First young female relatives bring in a large tray with the traditional henna to place in front of the dais where the bride and groom sit. The groom is brought in under a dupatta (scarf) held over his head by male friends. Here is a major difference-in our country the bridesmaids all wear the same outfits. Here it is the guys. They are given fabric by the groom to have their shalwar kameez made and gold scarves. There are drummers and a lot of dancing. Then the bride comes in the same way escorted by female friends holding the red dupatta. More dancing, a henna ceremony where friends and family drape the bride and groom with garlands of marigolds and jasmine, put henna on them, then feed them sweets. This is all followed up by a large feast and then, like most weddings-the party breaks up. I met Roma's fiance there and they brought me home. My mouth hurts from smiling and laughing! It was truly a fun and memorable evening.
|The dais is decorated in flowers.|
|The henna tray being brought in.|
|The bride and groom with friends|
|The male friends in their matching Shalwar Kameez dancing.|
|My hostess, Roma Kahn, who was very kind and introduced me to everyone.|