sikh marriage part4
Well Wishes from All
Both parents now congratulate the couple. In many cases guests now follow to present the couple with gifts of a cash offerings in their lap. In this wedding the couple declined these as they said they had received the ultimate gift, the blessing of the Guru. Everyone then leaves for the dining hall to sit on the floor in langer (the community kitchen) and enjoy a meal in the spirit of equality and humility.
The bride's parents congratulate their daughter and new son-in-law.
Well wishers congratulate and escort the couple to the langer hall.
Everyone enjoys a traditional langer meal.
The couple continues to receive congratulations while relaxing in the Gurdwara library
After the official religious ceremony concluded the couple ate in the langer hall and chatted with friends and family. They later went to a park to have some photographs taken and then journeyed to the brides home. When leaving her home the brides family and friends bid her a tearful farewell as she departs for her new home and life. The following day there was a party in a banquet hall with a cake cutting ceremony as well as the couple performing a first dance and exchanging their wedding rings. Family and friends then danced the night away and enjoyed dinner.
And they lived happily ever after...
Many thanks to my friend Harpreet Singh and his wife Ranjit Kaur for allowing me to photograph and document their wedding for The unp home page!