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Salman Ali 03-16-99 An Unusual Wedding Ceremony Ever been to an unusual wedding ceremony Perhaps not because very rarely have we been invited to a wedding ceremony that is other than a formal and a well-mannered event Our familiarization with the wedding ceremony however is in sharp contrast with the traditional marriage ceremony of the Momna community a minority group in eastern Pakistan from where I come In this community the marriage ceremony lasts for two days with rituals that are not only unique but extremely amusing interesting and sometimes not very serious The first part of the ceremony called pithi is perhaps the most humorous of all The bridegroom is lead by his mother from his room to a chair in the living room where family members relatives and friends of the bridegroom are gathered to take part in this ritual Traditionally the father of the bridegroom does not participate in this event so the mother being the next head of the family initiates the pithi placing a small block of sugar in the grooms mouth furiously rubbing his face with a facial scrub and finally completing her run by taking uncooked rice from a plate under the grooms chair and passionately releasing it above his head Then the rest of the family members and relatives each go through the ritual one by one The bridegrooms friends add yet another dimension to the excitement of this ritual when it is their turn to participate Instead of placing a block of sugar the grooms friend force a similar looking block of salt in the grooms mouth Instead of tossing rice in the air they joyfully smash dozens of raw eggs on the grooms head Some of the grooms friends go to unpredictable lengths to excite the guests For example in a wedding ceremony that I attended last summer the grooms friends sprayed shaving cream on the grooms face and tore
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