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Thursday, May 29, 2008

Part 5: Ceremony IV

The priest then did a fire ceremony. Reminder: We are in a hotel ballroom. With SPRINKLERS. Needless to say, most of the time I looked up at the ceiling, ready to run for it when the sprinkler went off. They didn't.

Once the fire was lit, they couple had they scarves pinned together and walked around the fire 3 times with S leading clockwise and 1 time with M leading counter clockwise. This was nerve wracking. S & M still aren't touching each other. S's sister has pinned them together, the pries keeps saying to walk slowly, the fire is burning, they are both wearing long flowy garments that get awfully close to the fire every time the pass it. So no pictures, cause I was on the edge of my seat!

Then S's sister lined up 7 balls on the floor and together they kicked them away. Each ball represented an obstacle that they may face together as a couple, but together they ward it off.

M then presented S with a Kutra necklace.

All of S's married relatives, along with M's mom (the only married relative he had) came up and offered a blessing upon the couple.

M's lovely mom on the right.

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