Nikita’s Supari

Thursday was the first of FIVE events at my friends wedding in traditional Newar style.  It was a real privilege to be in the house for the hours and hours of preparation, and then attend the actual ceremony,  Supari. If you need reminding of what Supari is, you can remind yourself here.

The day started with a steady stream of relatives arriving to lend a hand.  Sangeeta (mother of the bride) had a serious road accident last November and after numerous surgeries on her knee, is still on crutches but making progress to good health, slowly.  As a result, her sisters-in-law had to step in to prepare food for some 60 guests in the family home – no mean feat!

Sangeeta’s sister, Kessbadan is a beautician by trade, it was her role to not only do the hair and make up of the bride, but also of the bridesmaids and other family members.  As you will see in the whole range of photos, applying make-up and doing the hair for such an important occasion is a long long process.  I grew up with six girls in the house and let me tell you, we never did as much preparation for a wedding, ever!  But here in Nepal it is the norm.

The following are a whole series of photos … the best of some 300 shots I took on my little point and click.

Slideshow of the preparation

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Then the rush of photos with relatives and friends before Binay’s family arrives

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The puja ceremony commences now that Binay’s family have arrived.

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Each family are very happy at the impending wedding.

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Can't be away from social media for too long, not matter what the occasion.

Can’t be away from social media for too long, not matter what the occasion.

Vetting the photos, making sure a good job has been done by her cousin!

Vetting the photos, making sure a good job has been done by her cousin!

Four more events to go.  Next event is tonight, application of mehndi for close friends and family members – can’t wait!

About Kate Coffey

After 30 or so years in the investment management industry, 2013 saw me turn my life up-side-down, making my way first to Nepal, then Bangladesh during that first ‘year away’. The year took me on a journey I did not expect, had me fall in love with Nepal and its people, and become inspired at the work of Spinal Injury Rehabilitation Centre (SIRC) located in Bhainsepati - 2 hours east of Kathmandu in the Saanga foothills. Since 2014, I have returned to SIRC numerous times, working closely with the folks there in the aftermath of the 2015 earthquakes. In Bangladesh I marvelled at the strength and resilience of marginalized women who have the courage and audacity to break the rules and make a better life for themselves and their children through microfinance programs with BRAC. 2016-2017 saw me embark on a totally new experience in Sri Lanka, a place I never would have chosen to end up in. It’s the 40C+ heat, big humidity and tropical snakes & animals that scared me! But I ended up love love loving! my time there, working with predominantly Tamil small business owners in remote villages in north and east of the country, trying their best to recover their businesses and the lives of their employees, after decades of a civil war. My time in Sri Lanka made me realize my hard-earned business skills and experience can really be put to good use! The work the BIZ+ team and I did there ended up earning me International Volunteer of the Year Award in December 2017, presented on Capitol Hill, Washington DC no less. I am currently home on Bowen Island, in the west coast of Canada, shoring up my finances before I head off to who knows where, for my next expert volunteer assignment. This blog initially started out as a travelogue of sorts to keep friends and family worldwide updated while I was off on my travels in 2013-2014. Since then it has morphed into a life story of the many places I have lived and worked and of the wonderful people I have met along the way. I hope you enjoy.
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One Response to Nikita’s Supari

  1. Renuka says:

    Lovely 🙂 watched everything in blog:) keep posting:)

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