Art of an Indian wedding

Interesting and fun little article from The Seattle Times about, as the title says, the art of an Indian wedding:

It took almost fours hours for two artists to cover Roseate Rakshikaa’s hands and feet with traditional henna adornment.

Hidden within the patterns representing fertility, good luck and love was the first name of her groom, Samrat Sarkar.

His task on the evening of the wedding was to find his name.

With a few hints from his wife he solved the puzzle in 10 minutes.

The henna party in Kent was the first part of a three-day event culminating in the wedding.

Friends and family waited on Rakshikaa hand and foot — holding the phone to her ear, bringing refreshments — allowing the henna to set for six hours.

These two thoroughly Western young people chose to wed in a traditional Bengali ceremony.

“So even though we’re in the 21st century, never let your culture go,” says Rakshikaa. “Culture is really important, unique and it’s fun with family.”

She was born in Fiji, he in Houston. They met on a blind date.

Five years later for their wedding in Woodinville, she wore a sari from Calcutta. He wore a traditional hat and shoes, which he also had picked out in India.

Rakshikaa was carried into the ceremony on a low stool, her face covered by betel leaves.

She was carried around the groom, clockwise, seven times before the vows.

A Hindu priest officiated and exacted seven promises from the groom.

“I will give you all,” he said.

Both laughed and touched foreheads.

As Jayshree Parekh, her best friend’s mother, said, “When wife is happy, life is happy.”

Photos and article by: Alan Berner: aberner@seattletimes.com or 206-464-8133

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