Wedding Weekend Part 1 – Culture

Before I begin, let me just clarify that this was not my wedding weekend, but the wedding of one of my oldest and best friends. As I mentioned in my last post, I went away for the weekend for the wedding. As both the bride and groom are Indian, the wedding was filled with cultural activities, which were especially fun since it is not the norm for me. I decided that my first of most likely 3 posts about this past MDW would be a short one highlighting one of the events.

The night before the wedding ceremony was the Mehndi, which is when they do henna on the girls. It was a nice evening and fun for me to get henna on my hand since I’ve never done it before (getting the kind that lasts a few days from Six Flags doesn’t count).

henna                               henna 2

henna hands

This will supposedly last around 2 weeks, but I’m sure it varies. An old wive’s tale is that the darker it is, the more your husband loves you. All in all it was a fun evening and new experience for me. A friend of mine texted me after seeing my various Instagram pictures throughout the weekend and said that the wedding looked so cultural and fun compared to the “regular” weddings she always goes to. I think all weddings are fun in their own way, but when it is an experience that is not what you’re used to, it can seem more fun and exciting. For some, Mehndi, may seem like something awesome, while others who have done it so many times just see it as the same old thing. Likewise, some may get excited about experiencing a church wedding and a bouquet toss, while others are so used to is that they think it’s boring and don’t even opt to participate. For me, this was a great cultural experience. The weekend was also filled with some Indian outfits and food, but those will be detailed in two future posts (my looks and food experience) coming soon!

 

 

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