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Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Actual Day ~ 21 June 2009

21 June 2009 ~ Ponnurukku (Gold Smelting) Ceremony of Hari & Kithmini

Hari is the brother of Prema. Thats how I got to know him :) I first got to know the family when I photograph their dad's birthday party last year. But anyhow, this blog is about Hari's big day.
This is a very special occasion which is called Ponnurukku or Gold Smelting. The family has their culture from Sri Lanka. Thank goes for Internet research capability.
Today, Hari will have a gold coin smelted to be made into the thaali - the bridal pendant for his bride, Kithmini. In the ceremony, the bride is not there and they are not suppose to see each other till at the wedding!
After this ceremony, there is also the Kanni Kaal Planting, basically the planting of the sacred tree to signify fertility and prosperity. A cutting of the thorny plant (not sure the name) was taken and before planting, a few pieces of precious metal was put in the soil. Then it was planted and various seeds/grains, flowers and milk and prayers was made by various members of the family! This was carried out at the grooms home and also the brides.
It was certainly a very interesting and new wedding for me and appreciate hari for having me for their wedding! Thanks alot and look forward to your reception next weekend.
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