My Adventures in Goa: The Big Indian Wedding
I've just come back from attending a Sikh/Christian wedding in South Goa, India . . .
My sister-in-law's sister fell in love with a gora (Caucasian) from Canada and came home to her native town of New Delhi to get married. Although it was originally meant to be a small, intimate coupling, it ended up replete with what is now standard fare at the band-baaja-baraat weddings aka the Big Indian wedding: a traditional mehndi party and a lava-fera ceremony followed by a lavish lunch. I've attended plenty of these but this wedding had soul and feeling. Set at the Heritage Village Resort in Manesar, it had many vibrant, enjoyable and quaint touches that ensured everyone involved had a great time.
Two days later, the great Indian wedding jing-bang shifted base to the sunny shores of Goa to attend the Christian wedding on Arossim beach.
It's no secret that Goa provides a great backdrop to a wedding. Lots of sun, sea and sand. . .no wonder that Goa has become Ze location for India's swish set.
When I got my wedding invite in the mail I was ecstatic. . . like any other NRI, I had long heard and frequently read about Goa: the tourist paradise, squeezed between the seas and lush forested hills. I'd already packed my bags in my imagination. . . to me, it was a no-brainer.
Arriving at the airport and being driven to the hotel, leafy Goa reminded me of Kuai, Hawaii. But, the smells and flavors were uniquely Indian; being greeted at the reception by a hostess who applied a tikka on my forehead; the glistening sands and coconut palms I espied from my hotel window and a quick stroll down the beach that confirmed how unique the Goan experience was going to be: luxury hotels that overlooked fishermen mending their nets and beer that came chilled and cheap.
The Christian wedding was meant to be a cozy affair with close friends and family, only about twenty people; something to allow the couple to treasure as they grew old together. Surrounded by loved ones the wedding was going to be a few days of immense fun. . .and it didn't disappoint!
The wedding was a simple ceremony on a white sandy beach and it could not have been more romantic. The bride looked lovely, the groom very dapper; and the guests were still raving about it even as they clambered, weary but happy, on jam-packed flights back home.
Aaaaaaaah. . . gorgeous Goa's the place to get hitched whether you're looking for a five-star gala wedding or a simple ceremony on the beach!