This weekend, I attended a wedding ceremony for one of Ed’s friends from RPI. His family is evidently of Persian descent and the wedding was in the Zarathusti tradition. I have to say, I thought it was pretty cool. It was interesting to see how a different culture celebrates marriage. This was definitely unlike any wedding I’ve been to, which have all been of the Christian tradition.
The priest explained the various parts of the ceremony to use before it began. I thought this was kind of pointless, since it was all explained in the program, until I realized that we couldn’t really see or hear what they were doing up front. The real fun was at the reception, though. Boy, do these people know how to party. It reminded me of Monsoon Wedding. Lots of food, lots of music, lots of dancing. Even the song that was in Monsoon Wedding that some of the characters performed a dance to was played. Apparently, it’s sung by a famous Indian pop artist. They were still partying when we left.
Also at the wedding, I got to meet a bunch of Ed’s other friends from RPI. I had met a couple at the last wedding we went to. They’re a pretty fun group, and I’m glad I had the chance to meet them. We stopped at the home of two of his friends on the way home and had dinner with them before we returned to Andover. All in all, a very nice weekend.