So last night was the Sangeet for Ankur and Subha's wedding. It was a dinner where, afterwards, several of the bride and groom's friends performed songs and/or dances in honor of the couple. It was awesome. What a great way to share your excitement and well wishes for your friends.
Then this morning was the wedding ceremony. Ankur was to ride in on a horse, with all of his friends dancing alongside him, with drums and music playing, and I tell you... the love and happiness felt, I have not seen people so excited and happy at 8am ever before. It was incredible. So much energy. The ceremony itself was a traditional south Indian ceremony which lasted for 3 hours, during which time people were pretty much free to get up and mingle, walk around, get up and take pictures, etc. Explanations of the different parts of the ceremony were listed on the program, and read aloud. It was so neat. Ankur and Subha both looked so wonderful. It's also so cool to see all their Indian families and friends wearing these gorgeous saris and (don't know the name of the male costumes). I tell you, they looked a heck of a lot more comfortable than those of us in regular dresses and suits!
Then we had a lunch, of which I only was able to eat half the things b/c the others were too spicy, and then now we get an afternoon break before the dinner and dancing reception this evening. I am so glad we were able to make it back for this wedding. It's been such an incredible experience so far. I can't wait to share pictures.