On Sunday, March 11, the Thapa family hosted a wedding reception for about 1,000 of their closest friends. Bhawana's family had thrown a similar party earlier in the week.
These wonderful Nepali weddings are not for the faint of heart. They are week-long events, chock-full of ceremony, fellowship, and fun... and they often go from morning til night. Being young and healthy isn't a requirement, but it surely helps. I did pretty well, even if I had to cash in my chips a little early on the wedding day Nimesh's grandparents -- my contemporaries -- sailed through it all like the champs they are.
The reception reminded me of something I've always admired about Nepali culture -- the strong, central place of family and community. The happy gathering also gave me a chance to get some shots of the Terrific Thapas.
Now, on to Pokhara and my other Nepali family.