Posted by: whereheisnotnamed | February 17, 2009

Weddings Eastern Style!

Hey Everyone,
I realize that it has been a week since I posted last. With the loadshedding it has been increasingly difficult to do all of the things that I need to do when it does come on. When I know that we have power I make a mad dash to turn on the washing machine, charge our UPS (Uninterrupted Power Supply), and to download and answer emails. We also make sure that all of our filtered water containers are full because our filter needs electricity to operate! Whew… so when I am done with all of those things I can now get to the blog.

Last week we had the privilege to witness a Nepali Christian wedding. It was quite interesting for us! We were actually the first people to arrive and we thought that we were going to be late! The thing is when you are invited to a Nepali event and they say that it is supposed to start at 11:00 AM, what they really mean is that people will start to arrive at 11:30 and we might get started at 12:00. Then as the service started we realized that it resembles more of a church service with worship at the beginning and a message after the bride and the groom enter. An unspoken rule is that the bride is not allowed to smile. Weird for us to think of. Another difference that really shocked me was that instead of people quietly taking pictures from their seats with the flash off, half of the people sitting in the audience got up and crowded around at the front to get the best shot. There is a picture posted below of this. During the wedding they exchange vows, rings, and blow out their candles on top of the wedding cake. I can safely say that Isaac and I had a great time. Following the wedding we were served the most spicy Nepali food that I have ever eaten! I thank the Lord that it is Nepali custom to serve curd (like yoghurt) with every meal. What a life saver.

Hope you enjoyed learning about a Nepali Christian wedding!

Eva

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