Two days before the actual wedding day, Max and I could not see each other any more until the wedding day.
On 6 February 2014, we had a ceremony called Telwan. It involved a small prayer done in my room and afterwards the guests and older ladies went outside to continue praying and singing. They sat around in a circle, with an Indian drum (tabla) and sang hymns while one person played the tabla. As the bride, I was not allowed to step out of the house once the first pooja was completed but I could nicely stand by the doorstep and watch the going-ons.
After the singing and tabla playing, the gang went around the house to the front yard and did some more rituals. I peeked from the upstairs window to see some dancing and singing too.
|Dad and family friend preparing for the evening ceremony|
|This looks suspiciously like they are preparing to make kava! Of course, I was upstairs, unaware of all this!!|
|Mum and me going downstairs after the first pooja. The ladies will now go outside to do more ceremonial prayers.|
|My beautiful friend and super helpful-to-go-girl Deepi 🙂 Thanks for all your help Deepi!|
|My sister 🙂 🙂|
|My lovely friends, thanks guys for coming to Melbourne to attend the wedding!!|
This is the prayer being done outside by the ladies (and the priest), with the tabla and singing:
Off they went around the house with the tabla and singing along…
|This is the front of the house where my mother (in the right side of the photo) had to dig a hole and light a lamp for praying.|
|Here she is setting up for the prayers|
|I was spying from the top bedroom window….and was soon told that good Indian brides don’t do that hahaha|
|This is the view that Deepi and I had from the top bedroom of all the happenings outside.|