Saturday, December 8, 2007
I'd be filling details on what happens post the wedding in the morning ....
What follows is a grand feast (called lunch), which normally has a plantain leaf used as a Thaali, which has a spread which is mouthwatering and yummy. Normally it's a vegetarian fare and includes about 12-14 variety of dishes ..... though some show their money power by going upto 20-22 varieties .... just think about it !!! (..mmmm)
Post the lunch the "mega-serial" item happens .... yes the 'tears' scenario .... the bride bids adieu to her folks, uncles etc ..... and the closest family and the girl breaks into tears while bidding "good-bye" ..... the immediate family (normally the bride, groom, groom's parents, bride & grooms uncle and a younger sibling / cousin of the bride) leaves the bride's village to their village (the groom's place).
The group doesn't reach their home straight but an annointed home (their neighbours, relative) closeby. Then in the evening the entire bus-ful of relatives of the bride reaches and then the bride & the groom are taken to the grooms home. This is called the "Penn azhaippu", where the girl is brought to her home.
After a few small formalities like spotting the ring out of three pots etc (to make them comfortable) the newly wed and their relatives settle (again) for a dinner feast at the groom's home.
Hope i've covered quite a bit ....... (for want of the right picture have added an upcoming movie still about the chettinadu weddings)