In Traditional Bengali Weddings, Bride and Groom Receive Fish Dressed As Them
by Owen James Burke
Photo: Brian Callaway/NatGeo
This photo shows a newlywed bride at her wedding in Mamallapuram, along India’s east coast, after what is known as the gaye holud ceremony, in which the groom’s parents often present the matrimonial couple with a pair of (fresh) fish decorated as them. It’s a strange and beautiful ritual; one we would likely never see in the western hemisphere, I don’t think.
“For me,” writes photographer Brian Callaway, “the photo perfectly captures this cultural part of their wedding, their fun/spontaneous personalities, and, more importantly, how much fun they were having. It’s also their favorite photo.”
NatGeo — OB