First birthdays are a big deal. But it down side is the guest of honour often isn’t in any place to really enjoy it that much, so it’s important everyone else has a good time. That’s exactly what happened today with this party. The grandparents got a chance to catch up and admire other grandkids, the parents got to let their kids blow of steam and the babies all got attention from everyone. With great “concession” food, street hockey outside for big and little kids, as well as games for those who were not willing to brave the chill in the air, everyone had an amazing time. If you want to see some of what it was like, click here. There is a password, so you’ll have to get that from the parents.
Well my time with this wedding has come to a close. With the Satak, the last of the family events is done, and now the wedding and reception will be passed over to another photographer. The Satak ceremony is an interesting one, as many religious ones are. They are, at the core, rituals that haven’t changed for generations. They create a bond between those who have shared them and this makes them awesome and powerful. So for a simple ceremony, I find this one to have quite a bit of weight to it. Mehul was joined by a massive extended family today that came to support him for this weekend. If you want to see some of what happened, click here, and yup, the password is the same.
Well it’s finally started. Mehul and Sheral are finally getting married. After all the waiting and planning, things kicked off with the Sanji night at the ACCA Centre. Dancing, playing, laughing, and eating with friends, family, and friends and family that are soon to be was the order of the evening. Outside of the learning curve for dandia, everyone had a great time. If you want to see, take a look at the gallery here. There is a password, but you can ask Mehul or Sheral for that.
Culture is about tradition, and of all the colorful traditions that hail from India, one of the most interesting is the shrimant. There are many stories as to why this ceremony is done, and what is to be included; there is however always food, fun, and family. This was certainly the case with Shetal and Jaimini’s event last month here in Edmonton. Held at the Summerside Beach House, family from across Alberta came to celebrate the pending arrival of a new addition to the Patel family. If you want to see it again, or see what you missed, click here.