A Segregated Wedding Ceremony In Rural Islamabad.

A Segregated Wedding Ceremony In Rural Islamabad.

Islamabad : Pakistan | Feb 19, 2011 at 11:27 AM PST
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A Modern Bridegroom being greeted by a guest.

Today we attended the wedding ceremony of one of the workers who attends to the farm where I am residing presently with my mother.The 'Nikah',which is the official marriage had already taken place a day earlier at the bride's house.

It was a very colourful affair and the courtyard of Muhammad Rafi(the groom) was overflowing with guests.It was sensible of them to have the wedding in the afternoon(unlike the weddings we have late at night in Karachi,where I have my permanant residence.)This part is in the rural area of Islamabad.It is called Tumair which is about 40 minutes drive from the actualIslamabad.

When we entered house, we saw that the ladies and young girls were all dressed up in their Sunday best and I was quite surprised to see little girls with their lips painted too.The men folk wore their traditional shalwar kameez and some also wore turbans.

They were in another portion of the house and after a while the groom,Rafi turned up wearing white shalwar kameez,a smart black jacket and a 'kulla' a type of turban and several garlands that had currency notes stapled in different fancy designs.

All got into a buses and vans but the groom got into a decorated car and whole wedding party drove in a procession with their emergency lights flashing as they drove to the bride's house some 20-25 kilometers away from the groom's house.We followed the procession and as we approached the area called Tarlaee I noticed the road was not a proper one and it was with some difficulty our driver reached the house.

The bride and her female relatives and guests were in a seperate portion of the house.Attiya,the bride looked very pretty and was dressed in gold embroirdered red gharara which is the traditional dress a bride usually wears here in Pakistan.She was surrounded by her cousins and school friends who were laughing and teasing her.The hostess greeted us and saw that we were seated comfortably.We congratulated the bride and her family on the happy occasion.

First the groom and his relatives were served lunch while the ladies and the bride waited.Later we were served pipping hot Biryani,Chicken korma with taftan and the dessert was Zarda(sweet rice with dry fruit)

As the weather was rather cold and cloudy and it was almost 5 pm we took our leave and thanked the hostess.

Our driver drove down the bumpy uneven road until we came to the main road.

It was beginning to get dark but it was quite an eventful day and good to have attended the wedding of young Muhammad Rafi who brought back his bride soon after we left Tarlaee for our farm in Tumair.

We look forward to the Valima get-together on Sunday at Rafi's house which is a kilometer from the farm.

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garlands of currency notes
Garlands of currency notes that the groom is gifted by friends and relatives.
FauziaSultana is based in Karāchi, Sind, Pakistan, and is a Reporter on Allvoices.
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