Invitation to a wedding

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This month the Gentle One tells about a wedding she was invited to.

MY friend came to the shop recently. She gave me a card and told me: Please come with your family to my marriage party. And please come with your family tomorrow at 8:30 in the morning to our home for my rokhsati party. This word means when a bride leaves her father’s house .

      I and my sister-in-law went to my friend’s home at 8:30 for the rokhsati party. When we arrived at my friend’s house, there were other guests too. 

    We sat and talked after greeting all the women and the bride. The groom and his family and relatives came about 10 o’clock. When they arrived the bride’s mother hid her daughter’s face with a scarf. After that the bride’s cousin came with clothes and shoes for all the women. They changed their clothes and shoes for the wedding. Then the bride’s relatives brought some juice for all the guests. After that, the groom came into the room and drank juice and ate cookies with the bride. Later a mullah came to the house and, by our tradition, he tied the bride and groom together with two white scarves.   

     Finally, the bride, groom and their relatives went to the groom’s house. The bride and her mother were crying because her father was in another country and after the marriage her mother was all alone.

     I and my sister-in-law went back home. Later, we and all my other family members went to the marriage celebration. We arrived about 12:15 at the hotel. When we arrived there was no one there but the hotel servant. A few minutes later guests began to come, but the bride and groom did not come until about 3 o’clock from the beauty salon. The groom’s relatives danced awhile and then we all ate lunch. 

     Finally, I gave a big scarf as a gift to the bride and about 6:30 we left for home even though the marriage party would continue late into the night.  —The Gentle One

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