Tuesday, October 6, 2009

A wedding aftermath.

Feeling hungry? A new wedding regulation took place last July 09 in Tajikistan's Pamir mountains, among this Ismaili community: no more than 150 invited guests were to be allowed and no more than 3 hours shall be spent eating in the big halls that are rented out for weddings. That meant less time to eat the huge amount of food in between the endless speeches to the newly weds... and a bit of waste.
I shot these images in 5 mn running away from the waiters who were trying to kick me out. We were indeed past the allowed 3 hours.

This comes as a compliment to a more orderly food disposal, which you might remember if you click here. Maybe I should do posters for my kitchen.

And here some more random ones - there is much too much to say about Pamiri weddings - some of the traditions are closely link to pre-Islamic practices, such as fumigation of the houses with "Strakhm" (aka Buivekh or Achillea mellefolium), the colors that must be worn by the bride and groom etc. I witnessed all this and I should certainly do a page dedicated to Western Himalayan wedding - from the Karakoram, Hindukush and Pamir.

In the end, cake is always a hit...

2 comments:

Marina said...

oh i love the before and after table pictures. the old way was certainly much more sedate. also love the wedding cake tray picture ... demolished! the dancing ones are also awesome! thanks again for showing secret corners of the planet!

David Sanger said...

Matthieu - that last cake is priceless, along with the peeling wallpaper.