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Chris And Simi's Weddings, Part 3: The Hindu Ceremony
The Hindu wedding ceremony took place in the Bellevue Hotel,
Jim and Theresa, parents of the groom
The ceremony began with the entrance of the groom accompanied by Jayendra and Kashmira, parents of the bride.
...which consisted of blessings, prayers, counsels and rituals,
...including hiding the groom,
Simi and Chris also placed garlands around each others' necks,
The couple prayed together,
...lit the sacred fire, and circled four times around,
...and took seven steps together, each step symbolizing a promise made to each other of the seven steps of married life:
Chris and Simi then took turns feeding each other sweets,
Simi received a blessing from six married women in the audience,
As is the tradition at an Indian wedding, one of the young female relatives of the bride stole the groom's shoes,
After the luncheon the guests would have a few hours to relax before the Christian ceremony that evening. Nothing like the joy of two weddings in one day to put love in the air.