The Brazilian/Indian Marriage

I went to a Brazilian/Indian wedding reception this week.  The bride and groom, both extreme extroverts, had been married earlier this month in a Las Vegas chapel.  Most of the 300 guests had watched the live webcast of the ceremony on their computers.  It was an interesting mixture of cultures. The Brazilian bride was stunning in a red sari.  Guests lined up to do the limbo to Indian music.  We were taught to dance to Bollywood music – “just reach up your arms and twist your hands sharply like you are unscrewing a light bulb.”  Someone got up on stage to show off their self-designed mixture of the two countries’ flags.   Later, a friend of the groom told the crowd she was surprised when he told her he had “got a Brazilian.”  There were three video screens around the room.  When they weren’t showing the ceremonies, the screens were full of wild Bollywood dancing. 

One of the guests was E. who is 91 and a native Vancouverite.  “India certainly has changed.” she said to me as she watched the manic, undulating dancers on the video screens.


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