The short ceremony lasted just over an hour and climaxed with the groom presenting his wife with a Thali, a gold necklace tied with three gold loops that is made of an odd number of gold sovereigns.
The rich symbolism of the Thali encapsulates the bonds of marriage, much like a wedding ring in other cultures.
The ceremony involved a number of exchanges of fresh fruit, rice and many other symbolic rites. It was a beautiful and heartfelt affair led wonderfully by one of the priests of the temple. So much so that even the non Hindus amongst us just about knew what was going on!
It was a wonderful surprise to leave the warmth, colour, tastes and smells of the Sri Lankan temple and emerge into the falling snow! It was indeed ‘a good day for a white wedding’.
Jack, Parish Assistant