Saturday, March 21, 2015

Adorableness!

Adorableness!!!

Yes, when you come to Nepal you will see adorableness around every corner!

Today I give you a photo post to enjoy of some of the adorableness I see 
every day as I wander around Nepal!












           








(Beautiful twins!
Ramon gets to see all the
beautiful C-section babies
at birth!)









I told you!

Soooo adorable! 

We feel so blessed to be working here surrounded 
by such beauty!

Have a nice day and look for the adorableness 
wherever you are!


Saturday, March 14, 2015

Another Wedding!

In Nepal, weddings are usually only during certain months and most are arranged by the parents.  My previous post was about a Christian wedding I attended that was very similar to Christian weddings anywhere.  Now, I'll post about a Hindu wedding l attended.  Hindu weddings are not similar to what I'm used to!  There is a lot involved in a Hindu wedding.  The best way for you to find out about them is to read this Wikipedia article:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hindu_wedding.  Section #3 is specifically about Nepal.  I think the main thing to remember is that there are many steps and rituals that must be adhered to and that different families/ethnic groups may have different steps and rituals from each other.  You could actually attend many weddings before you came across two that were similar!

One thing they all seem to have in common is an outdoor processional and a decorated car!  You can hear the processional before you see it!  This means you sometimes have time to run out and take pictures!



Here's a little video of a band I was able to film the other day at a wedding site I passed by.
It's very short so it would be able to be uploaded before Christmas (smile).
As you listen you will see someone wave at me!
video


The first wedding I went to in Nepal was a Newari wedding.
I found a website that explains the Newari culture and wedding traditions
much more thoroughly than I could explain it.
It's very interesting:  http://www.weddingnepal.com/index.php?obj=weddingTradition&castId=2
There is also a link you can click to read about other Nepali cultures' wedding traditions.
(Thank you weddingnepal.com)

The bride was a fellow teacher at Esa Memorial School.

We walked


to the nearby Chandeswori Temple.

It's just a hop, skip, and a jump from the hospital.
If you're interested in reading about it, click here:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chandeshwari

(As I'm writing this, I can hear something going on over there,
but I don't know what it is!  I asked two people, but they didn't know either!)

We walked inside the gate,


left our shoes here, and walked into this foyer type room to the right of the entrance.

Here we greeted the brides.  Yes, it was a double wedding!
They were so beautiful!  Each was sitting by her new mother-in-law.
The bride on the right is my friend and the bride to her right is her sister.

We put our gifts behind their mothers-in-law
and headed out to the courtyard for the reception.
Like wedding receptions everywhere, it was full of happy people!


Ladies came around with trays of drinks and food.

I must say that the food was delicious and we all ate more than we intended to!
They kept coming around with beautiful trays, and like a Lays Potato Chip, who could eat just one?!
After we were stuffed, word came that it was time for the dinner buffet!
WHAT?!?!
Yes, the "dinner" we had eaten was only the hors d'oeuvres!

Well, you learn something new every day! 
If you go to a Newari wedding, don't eat too many hors d'oeuvres!

I also learned that my friend's new husband wasn't at this reception,
but was at his own reception somewhere else,
and that this was day two of a three day wedding.

Yes, it was a fun experience and great to learn a new culture.

Now, stay tuned for more weddings--of a slightly different kind!
Hmmm, you'll have to wait and see what I mean!

Have a nice day and a blessed week!

P.S.  As usual, thanks for your prayers as we are working here.
Ramon has been very busy working with visiting medical teams and our own doctors too.
For me, the school year came to a close this past week, 
and for the next week and a half the children will be taking exams
and then practicing for their end of year program.  
Pics of this later!

Bye for now!


Saturday, February 21, 2015

A Christian Wedding

Not too long ago I was blessed to be able to attend a beautiful Christian wedding!  The bride, whose sister is a friend of mine who teaches at Esa Memorial School, is a member of a local Christian church.  The groom is a Seventh-day Adventist living in Pokhara, the beautiful tourist city surrounded by the Annapurna mountain range.  It's a beautiful place to start married life!

(photo credit:  my mother--thanks Mom!)

Did you know that according to the 2011 census, only about 1.45 percent of the population here is a Christian.  (If you want to read about Christianity in Nepal, the Wikipedia article is here.)

The teachers and I had a lovely walk to the church where the wedding took place.

Yes, we navigated some narrow streets!
(Yes, this is a two way street!)

The day was gorgeous!
Look at the blue sky behind the church!

It was packed with happy people!

The bride was beautiful and the groom handsome...
and both looked so happy!

The ceremony was very similar to our weddings.

After the sermon and vows, there was a prayer,

followed by several special music songs that were very enjoyable.


The little cutie in front of me was ready for the reception!

Don't worry, it's now time to eat!
See Mommy pointing?  I'm sure she was saying, "Look, it's almost over!"
(Smile!)

It's also time for a new lifetime together!
Congratulations to the new couple!!!
May the Lord bless your marriage and new home!

As everyone lined up to go downstairs to the Fellowship Hall for the meal,

the musicians continued their lovely special musical numbers.

Here's what I saw when I looked downstairs.

Yes, the teachers from Esa Memorial School!
Behind them you can almost see the wedding party.

They were greeting people and accepting their gifts.

In front of them was the delicious buffet!



All too soon, the wedding was over, 
It was such a beautiful and fun wedding and I was so glad to be able to attend.

I was also happy when this precious sweetie smiled at me!

I caught a couple more sweet faces as I walked home.


Again, Ramon and I wish them all the best!