Sunday, February 01, 2009

puspawathy & sivanesan's wedding

puspawathy & sivanesan's wedding


we had the good fortune to attend a reputably magnificent indian wedding at a chinese hall nearby this morning. we are so deeply grateful that we did because it offered us a view of indian cultures and wedding traditions that were both amazing and completely unlike anything we had seen so far, or expected to see. especially for both my kids because it was their first time to see such event with full indian wedding traditions. it was a wedding of our family friend's daughter. our family knows each other from long time ago. when we arrived for the wedding, we were welcomed with open arms. we arrived about 10 minutes before the “start time” according to the invitation and were worried that we were late when we realised a lot of guests were already there.

we were however at ease when we were greeted and thanked for coming ‘early’. we had great seats in the front row.


i was also lucky enough to be invited by siva (pakcik (uncle) dore's another daughter) to join them on the stage to see the wedding ceremony with my very own eyes closer. megat didn't want to join me because the live indian cultural music, tabla i think was loud enough to be listened from the hall' floor. so i snapped lotsa pics maybe more than 60 of them. it's not that i have never been to an indian wedding before, but i guess i should just take the chance since i was already right in front of them!

puspawathy & sivanesan's wedding


just take a look at the above pic. it's of course a part of the indian wedding ceremonies. the pic shows the bride's mom standing on a tray. then the bride has to clean both her (mother) feet with milk to get her blessings. before that, the groom did the same to his mother.

i am going to be honest, that i don’t fully understand all the proceeding and ceremonies involved in an indian wedding. if you do, and you notice that i’ve made a factual error, please do not hesitate to correct me. hindus, sikhs and muslims all have unique traditions, although those of the hindus and sikhs are similar. we were in for a treat. the hindu wedding is a series of events staged to introduce the groom’s family to the bride’s, and bless both families.

the indian family is a very closely-knit and proud institution. families take each other, and their respect for each other seriously. the bad blood that day will be recycled, but will clear with time and effort. they are family, after all.

puspawathy & sivanesan's wedding


the above pic shows both bride and groom smiled through while bersanding after finally completed all the wedding ceremonies. this literally means the "sitting together of the bride and groom on the bridal couch". known as the pelamin, this couch is the centrepiece of the whole ceremony. more about the indian wedding ceremony can be read here. nonetheless you can jusk ask ms google, as there are many links about this that are available online.

to puspawathy & sivanesan,

the journey has just begun. the road ahead might be uncertain, but one thing is for sure… married life will be full of love and laughter after all.

puspawathy & sivanesan's wedding


and lastly, the above pic is of me with my junior in both primary and secondary school, selvambigai. she was so happy seeing me in lehnga. "you look gorgeous!", she told me. while i was so shy, smiling away... hehee... one thing for sure, the skirt is still a bit long for me although i was wearing high heels. i am just about 5'2" okay?!! you could see the difference clearly in the pic. see how tall selvambigai is!