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Ever been to an unusual wedding ceremony Perhaps not because very rarelyhave we been invited to a wedding ceremony that is other than a formal and awell-mannered event Our familiarization with the wedding ceremony however is insharp contrast with the traditional marriage ceremony of the Momna community aminority group in eastern Pakistan from where I come In this community the marriageceremony lasts for two days with rituals that are not only unique but extremely amusinginteresting and sometimes not very seriousThe first part of the ceremony called pithi is perhaps the most humorous of allThe bridegroom is lead by his mother from his room to a chair in the living room wherefamily members relatives and friends of the bridegroom are gathered to take part in thisritual Traditionally the father of the bridegroom does not participate in this event so themother being the next head of the family initiates the pithi placing a small block of sugarin the grooms mouth furiously rubbing his face with a facial scrub and finally completingher run by taking uncooked rice from a plate under the grooms chair and passionatelyreleasing it above his head Then the rest of the family members and relatives each gothrough the ritual one by one The bridegrooms friends add yet another dimension to theexcitement of this ritual when it is their turn to participate Instead of placing a block ofsugar 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 groomshead Some of the grooms friends go to unpredictable lengths to excite the guests Forexample in a wedding ceremony that I attended last summer the grooms friends sprayedshaving cream on the grooms face and tore off his T-shirt at the end of the ceremony Clearly then pithi is a singularly amusing event for everyone except maybe for theThe second main ritual in the wedding ceremony is
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