Haldi ceremony is when tumeric paste is applied to the hands, feet and face of the bride and groom. It is to purify and beautify the couple and is an opportunity for the friends and family to have fun (not so for the poor bride and groom who have to get yellow paste put all over them!!).
But before I get into the second day of ceremonies, here are some behind the scenes photos from the day before, when I was getting ready for the Telwan:
The haldi ceremony typically takes place during the morning/day time but we had to wait for the priest to arrive before it could begin. During this time, I was supposed to get changed into my yellow sari (yellow because the haldi paste is yellow hehe) and wait upstairs, safe and sound. But my curiosity got the better of me and I spent some minutes wondering around downstairs, until more and more relatives began arriving (at which point I quickly disappeared into my room).
|Sharlene, my guard, lazing around and not performing her guard duties very well haha. She was given the task of bringing me water, food and making sure no strangers came into the room|
The rule is that during these days leading up to the actual wedding ceremony, the bride and groom are not to see each other. But no one told us we couldn’t speak! haha so we decided to do just that. Max was staying at a serviced apartment near the town centre and did not have internet there, but I managed to call his phone through the front reception and then he contacted me via email from his phone. So we spent the time emailing, and talking on the phone 🙂
Meanwhile, downstairs, the women were busy cooking, preparing food and… dancing!
They also prepared the place where the prayers would happen and where the Haldi ceremony would take place:
|These wonderful ladies (cousins) came to help out with the cooking and preparation|
|Me and parents taking part in the pooja. I remember, I had to tie some strings around the tree there a few times!|
|Note that here I am relatively normal coloured – wait to see what happens coming down the second time…!|
|Look at these ladies, giggling away!!|
|First up, Sharlene. On the left hand side of the photo is Lata jiji, showing Sharlene how to do the steps involved!|
|Here mum decides to add her own actions too, to show Sharlene what to do!|
|Finally, she gets to put haldi on me. More of it…|
|Kiran jiji, cousin|
|Lata jiji, cousin, putting haldi on with much warmth and care|
|Kissing the leaves!|
And now here the me coming down to repeat the whole thing the second time:
|Christine, Lata jiji’s daughter.|
|This is how I looked after the third time!|