March 14, 2012

The Wedding Reception

With Nimesh and the beautiful Bhawana: why I made this trip.

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.

Here are Nimesh's energetic grandparents in a rare moment of repose:

It was a special treat spending time with Nimesh's brother Ritesh and his charming wife Salina....

and with Nimesh's lovely sister Sona:

Here's Sona with her grandfather. 

Attendees included not one, but two former Nepali Prime Ministers. (Nepal has quite a few former prime minsters.) I had a few moments with one of them.

I'm smiling, next to Nimesh, his bride, his mother, and his sister-in-law Salina.

The Terrific Thapas: Nimesh with Bhawana, his parents, and Salina.

Now, on to Pokhara and my other Nepali family.
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