The cultural event held on 19th February 2018 for Amanda, Lola and Eugenie who came to India as volunteers. They are working with FSL-India in the Regular Teaching project and SAP-K, at Kundapur.
One of the programs in FSL-India is called a cultural event, where we take our regular volunteers to any cultural and historical places which are located in or around Kundapur.
In the month of February, the FSL-India group planned to take the volunteers to a Hindu marriage. On 19th February 2018, at 10.30 AM, the volunteers came to Kundapur. In the morning, the FSL-India group started their travel from the meeting point to the marriage hall. In front of the hall, they were welcomed with watermelon juice and the music of a live saxophone and drums.
After drinking the juice, they went inside the hall. There were around 400 people sitting in front of a colorfully decorated stage on which the bride and bridegroom were standing, surrounded by their families. The FSL-India group had a good view of the ceremony, as they sat right in front of the stage. After some minutes, the priest started the wedding rituals. Following the instructions of the priest, the couple performed all the marriage rituals.
After the ceremony, the guests started to gather on the stage to take a photograph with the newly married couple and to wish them a ‘happy married life’. The FSL-India team and the volunteers also joined the line and wished the couple all the best.
Afterwards, they moved away to have lunch in the big food hall. There were about 3 different curries and 2 different rice preparations, even more types of vegetables and 3 different sweets. The food was delicious and everyone enjoyed it very much.
After lunch, they traveled back to Kundapur. The volunteers said it was a worthwhile program from FSL-India, as they were looking forward to having a new cultural experience and Indian weddings are quite different compared to the wedding functions in their country. It was quite evident that they enjoyed the marriage function immensely.
Feedback from volunteers:
Attending the Hindu wedding was a nice experience. It was interesting to see the many different rituals being performed by the couple, and discuss the difference between marriages here and in Sweden/ France. The food was amazing.
It was interesting to see the Indian and Hindu wedding, The food was very good.
A new experience for us – we had never been to a Hindu wedding before. It was interesting to be there as a guest and to wish a happy life to the bride and groom even though we don’t know them, and to see how ritualized the ceremony is. We all felt happy when it was time to eat and had a lot of good food. We will remember for sure, this part of spicy pineapple we discovered today, with pleasure. And it was also nice to meet Amanda, the Swedish volunteer with whom we talked a bit.