|Bride and Groom during the wedding Ceremony|
|Greeting line outside the church|
When Sarah got home from school, I decided that even though I still wasn't feeling so great I couldn't pass up going to the wedding, so we put on our dresses and headed to the church. When we arrived there were a ton of people standing outside of the church, and people were literally overflowing from the church with crowds around both the entrances to the church. We made our way up to the doors to see what was going on. There was lots of singing and dancing, and little else was visible. We were beckoned outside and over to some people to hand over the wedding cake that Sarah made to offer to the bride and groom. We were then told to wait there while they went in the overcrowded church to find us some seats. We insisted that we didn't need seats and we could just stand in the back, but they just weren't having that. A few short minutes later, we were being escorted through the crowd to a bench that clearly had been vacated for us. (I wish I could say that this special treatment doesn't happen often, but that would simply be untrue. It bothers me but at the same time I know people are just trying to be nice and considerate, even though it makes us feel isolated and awkward.)
|Making their way to the car.|
|The singing entourage of the newlyweds.|
|Two of my students, Olivio and Tone.|
One of the things I found interesting about the ceremony is that the wedding cake was at the church, and the cutting of the cake was part of the ceremony. After the bride and groom feeding each other pieces of cake, they cut and passed out bite-sized pieces for everyone in the church. I don't really know what the significance of the cake is, but it was delicious so I wasn't complaining.
|Otilia with the cake Sarah made (center) and a lot of batatas fritas!|
|Dininha! If you say she isn't the cutest, you're wrong.|
|Cows...why wouldn't there be cows at the reception?|
|Waiting for the bride and groom to arrive. Check out Martins in this picture. Hahahaha.|
About a half hour after arriving at the reception, I was surprised to be served lunch even though the bride and groom had not yet arrived. We were each served a heaping plate of spaghetti, rice, beef, salad, french fries, and little biscuit type cookies. Sarah and I decided to split one plate and it's a good thing we did, because with both of us eating we couldn't even finish the plate. Ridiculous.
When the food was served, the offerings of gifts started. They started even before the bride and groom arrived. There was a man with a microphone who received all the gifts on behalf of the couple and announced each gift. Lots of people gave money, but there were also other gifts as well. There were many processions and dances with the gifts. It was just super interesting and very different to see. I suppose it's much more meaningful to give gifts when you live in a country where you don't have very much in the first place.
|The first group of dancers (Messica).|
|Dininha dancing with the group from Beira.|
|Best dressed at the wedding. Chased this kid down to get his picture. :)|
|Sarah, Otilia, and I|
|Us with the bride and groom.|
|Our friend Flora (far left) and her family|
|Sarah dancing....can't pick her out or anything...|
I'm really glad I went, even though I paid for it when my cold got a little bit worse on Sunday. Oh well. You only live once, right? :) So now I've been to one Mozambican wedding. Can't wait for the next one!