In the 2nd blog from Spiro and Nadi’s incredibly beautiful wedding ceremonies in Mauritius were looking at the Hindu wedding.
The day before Nadi getting her hands and feet decorated with beautifully detailed henna tattoos.The painstakingly delicate application of the henna paste takes well over an hour with another 2 hours for it to dry, during this time Nadi couldn’t move
The following day is the actual wedding. Its started in the morning with a small ceremony at the family home to as Prahba described to ‘cleanse them for the their conjugal life’. Here the Priest and close family members bless and anoint the bride and groom with Tumeric paste dabbed on their outfits with dried grass brush. They’re not supposed to see each other and are blessed separately and when bought together sit with their backs to each so as to not see each other.
Late that afternoon we had a photo session at the house. Formal Bollywood style portraits of the Bride and Groom, we all had a lot of fun and it added to the pomp and sense of occasion.
That evening it was the wedding. Its a long service, about 1.5 hours where the bride and groom for the most part sit in 2 chairs on a low stage surrounded by various offerings and objects whilst the priest and family members preform many rituals and blessings. It was then a vegetarian feast followed by, you guessed it….more dancing….yeahhh.