Our daughter, Anna Lara, with such a Scottish name, was married in India last week.
This required a trip of 8,000 miles just to get there. That's two 10-hour plane flights.
Then we had to travel from Delhi to the hometown.
Once there we began three days of ceremonies and celebrations.
Then a social gathering and party.
That night, as part of Bhaat, there was Godh Bharai, the filling of the lap of the bride with gifts and blessings, including dolls to represent children.
That was followed by Sangeet which is a dance show that one might compare to Bollywood or American Idol or solos at Talent Night. Great production! And what a lot of talent! Followed by a dance party until 2:00 a.m.
The third day was the wedding. The bride prepares while the groom's family begins Baraat. The groom is seen off on his horseback journey of victory. When he reaches the wedding venue his friends dance and make a commotion to keep him from the bride. That can take HOURS. When he finally reaches the gate (in this case, the tent, and it was a HUGE red tent) the bride's mother greets him and measures him then lets him pass.
Then everyone proceeds to the Mandapa where the father of the bride gives her away. Then the bride and groom take vows, Kandayaan is followed by Mangal Phere, and Sindoor.
And, of course, we had to drive back to Delhi at 6:30 a.m. to get through the dense fog and catch our flight, the first of two to take us 8,000 miles home over two days.
And the bride and groom? Welcomed by their parents into their home.
(photo Vivek Garg)