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
Then the rush of photos with relatives and friends before Binay’s family arrives
The puja ceremony commences now that Binay’s family have arrived.
Each family are very happy at the impending wedding.
Four more events to go. Next event is tonight, application of mehndi for close friends and family members – can’t wait!