Right now I am in Kolkata, the city of my birth. The city which I call my home and always would, the city where my parents live.
The reason for my trip this year was my brother's wedding. It was a full-on traditional Hindu wedding which happened over a period of four days with numerous functions before and after. Immediately before the wedding was the main Bengali festive season which extends over a period of a whole month. So I came home to share the festivities with my parents and also help them organize my brother's wedding. Let me I share some photos which I had taken of the festivities and my brother's wedding. All the photographs of my brother's wedding is taken by various cousins, I was to busy to click. Enjoy!
|Ganesha or the Elephant Headed God is the God of Knowledge and according to Hindu mythology son of Goddess Durga. When Bengalis worship Durga during Autumn her four children Ganesha, Lakshmi, Saraswati and Kartik are also worshiped!|
Diwali the festival of lights being celebrated at home!
My brother's wedding. In Hindu weddings fire is the primary witness ...bride and groom offer prayers to the fire while reading their scared vows!
Joined together is matrimony ...I hold your hand and promise to take you as my wife in the presence of Gods and all our ancestors with the blessings of all our elders and well wishers!
The bride in her wedding finery-- Hindu brides wear red because it is the colour of desire and fertility!
Mehendi, the art of painting women's hands and feet with henna, a natural colourant. It is not a traditional Bengali wedding custom, but we have incorporated it from norther Indian wedding customs.
The best part of a Bengali wedding-- the food! More on this later.
More food photos are here and more to come over the coming weeks!
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