A Haldi ceremony requires family, friends, bangles, coconuts, bananas, bangles, ritual, tumeric, bangles, a couple of outfit changes, a couple more coconuts and a whole lotta mess! (Did I mention the gazillion bangles?)
Et voila! One bride and one groom, in their respective family houses - beautified and purified before the wedding ceremony day.
Balders is now unable to drink alcohol (booo!), do any housework (yay!!) or leave the house until after she’s wed. Might as well get an early night, then!
The Mehndi Night signalled the beginning of Balder's 4 day wedding festival in Goa where we all got henna’d up without getting liquored up (ok, there might have been a couple of cheeky beers involved).
Another day, another boat trip into serenity central...
We went on a boat jaunt to a secluded beach that the locals call an island but "it isn’t really an island...there’s just no easy way to get to the beach, so we call it an island”. Can’t argue with the logic of India! Situated between Palolem and Agonda beaches, it's a tiny little place called Butterfly Beach and is accessible via boat or a trek through forest.
6 go on an adventure!
A bunch of us headed off to India right after Christmas for Balders' wedding. We kicked off at Palolem Beach in Goa where we spent New Year's Eve (with about a million other people) drinking Kingfisher beer for next to nothing, and dodging fireworks.