Shaken Not Stirred

Monday, September 05, 2005

Two Traditions, One Family

I recently attended a wedding in which a Catholic-Filipina bride married an Afgani groom, so the ceremony was a mix of both religions and both cultures. It was a beautiful weekend to celebrate their union of love.
During the rehearsal dinner, everyone involved with the wedding got to know each other and we all caught up on old times and new beginnings. After the dinner, the couple had a Nikah ceremony. It was very interesting. They were both asked if they came of their own free will and if they wanted to become husband and wife. Then a prayer was said over their union. Each of the guests then got to throw/toss some candied almonds on them. I didn't know this at the time, the bride only informed me later, that tradition said we were suppose to eat the candy which landed on them--it is good luck (and some traditions say that those who do eat the candies will be married within 14 days). Okay, so I didn't want to be married within the month, but I do want to get married.
The next day, was the Catholic ceremony at a quaint little church. So quaint and old fashioned that it didn't even have air conditioning (this isn't a complaint, just an observation--the weather was nice enough that we didn't need it). I was a veil sponsor (which means that after their vows, I covered them with a veil to seal their new vows).
The reception was a blast!!!! We all got to have henna tattoes put on us and danced the night away!!! It was quite the stress reliever.
Later that night, the local town police showed their hospitality by driving some of the intoxicated wedding guests to Taco Bell, so they could deal with their munchie issues. That's small town hospitality for you!!!
But now I'm back to reality and in the midst of studying the making of hemoglobin and the drugs which inhibit it.
I'd like to say a belated happy anniversary to my parents who celebrate their 39th! By the way, the bride and groom got married on my parent's anniversary--so congrats to them too. Also, my friend/cousin Dr. Catalina Delgra celebrated her birthday this weekend too!
God Bless everyone and remember to say a prayer for the victims of Hurricane Katrina


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