10 January 2009

when in rome...

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last weekend i had the opportunity to attend my first cambodian wedding. it was quite the experience, complete with hair, makeup, & traditional khmei dresses.
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[a traditional khmei dress or a blue, sparkly mermaid outfit?...]
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the wedding was very interesting. in the morning, i attended a special ceremony where all the guests lined up in a procession & presented plates full of food to the bride & groom. in the evening, there was a large banquet with several courses. there was a western style cake & after cutting the cake the bridal party drank champagne & the guests pummeled them (& the cake!) with silly string! (an attempt to incorporate more "western"wedding traditions.) some people also sing "Happy Birthday" when the wedding cake is cut!
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its difficult to describe the commotion we caused, a group of ba-rang women (the cambodians call all white people "ba-rang", their word for "french", since the french colonized the country) walking the streets of phnom penh in our camobidan wedding clothes!

3 comments:

Zack said...

Yowzers, I totally didn't recognize you! That wedding sounds like a hoot, and I'm sure you enjoyed the Western infusion.

Veronica . . . said...

Blue and sparkly -- a new look for you? I'm enjoying following your adventures.

Mom said...

i think the W-o-W'ers can get some dress ideas from your wedding group. Now who would look best in each dress??