Saturday, June 30, 2012

An Hindu Engagement

Nikki, Eric and I with the Bride and Groom
Eric, Nikki and I were invited by Mano, our Amah, to her daughter Parame's Engagement ceremony.  This was a huge honor for all of us, as we were the only Westerns at the event.  Mano graciously purchased our Sari's and took us to Little India for fittings. 

All dressed and ready to go. Bindis, Bangles and Saris.
We arrived at the Hindu temple a little past sunset to a rainbow of different color saris, chanting and blessings for the new couple. The three of us were greeted by Mano's family and were invited to sit on the floor near the Hindu priest to witness the ceremony.
The parents of the bride and groom saying prayers and blessings for the new couple
Offerings for a happy marriage
Here come's Parame to accept her malas and bangles.  She is escorted by Mano's sisters

The Bride and Groom receiving blessings and prayers from the Hindu Priest
The exchanging of rings to finalize the engagement
Nikki & I with Mano
  After the engagement was complete, a traditional vegetarian meal was served.  Traditionally, meals are eaten with the right hand and we joined in.

Overall, this was an amazing night!  We all felt an overwhelming sense of gratitude for being welcomed with open arms to this sacred event.  The wedding will take place before the end of the year and I'm excited to wear a Sari again.  I am convinced that Indian women understand fashion because everyone looks amazing in a Sari, no matter what shape or size you are.


  1. Hi, my name is Radha Priti and I’m from Brazil, but I’m a vaishnavi. In last December we had our engagement party, we also have a beautiful agni hotra ceremony in my house. If you want to put my pictures in you blog, please, send an e-mail at seeing what kind of information you want and how many pictures.
    Have a great day
    Radha Priti