I'm finally back in States after an epic journey from India to Tampa (via JFK - thus the issues!) I'm just so happy to have predictable running hot water again! But I have to say, overall, I had a great trip! The wedding was jam-packed but so much fun! My friends have always been super curious about the ins and outs of elaborate Hindu weddings. So this time, I decided to document everything via my camera and post about the various events and traditions! Enjoy!
Day 1 was just a very low-key mendhi night at our family home. In the States, this event usually turns into a rather big party where there's tons of music and food and people can get mendhi (or henna - which is basically a temporary tattoo that applied to the hands and/or feet) done while the bride get her very elaborate mendhi done. Fun fact - traditionally the bride doesn't have to do any housework at her new home until the mendhi completely fades! Sound like a good deal to me!
The next day we had an event call Grah Shanti at our family home. Both the bride and groom typically have their own ceremonies at their respective homes. The Grah Shanti is a prayer to Lord Ganesha to remove all obstacles from both the wedding festivities and the marriage itself.
Later that day we also had a ring ceremony (this was basically to replace the traditional Hindu engagement celebrations) and the garba night. Graba night is essentially a big dance party. Gujarati dancing, however, has many different variations but all have coordinated steps (which it seems everyone was just born knowing but are actually pretty easy to pick up).