” is often the first question after the engagement is announced.
And while in the United States, the couple may talk to family and friends regarding their availability and check to see if their first-choice venue has already been booked, in Nepal, an astrologer makes this major decision.
A priest concludes the ceremony by reciting a hymn saying that all assembled wish the couple good luck and prosperity.
A few days later, Prabodh traveled from his home to Aditi’s in the evening.
Sneha’s friend Aditi Rana Shahi, a program associate at Practical Action South Asia, was wed in an arranged marriage this past February.
Meanwhile, Sneha’s cousin, Akriti Shrestha, who now works as a psychologist in Australia, married an Indian man from Jaipur the same month.
The return procession or of the bride and groom is similar to the janti of the groom, but the bride and members of her family now join the procession with a brass band taking the lead.
We met as undergraduate students in a rural college in upstate New York and have been together ever since.
In July of 2011 we finally “tied the knot.” The past seven years have been a growing experience…
Despite the variety of cultures in Nepal and the different kinds of marriages, Nepali weddings remain constant in one thing: color.
“Red and green are the dominant hues in Nepali weddings, speaking to love, vitality, and tradition,” writes Agrawal.