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Posted March 15, 2009 by Jennifer Lam (Jenius) in Indian
 
 

What to expect at a gaye holud (part of Bengali wedding celebrations)

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Nora’s holud was held 2 weeks before the wedding ceremony (which was last night; watch this space!). It was my first sneak peak into the elaborate celebrations of the Bengali culture. I have put together this quick list of 4 things you could expect to experience at a holud so perhaps you could be better prepared than I was!

  1. It starts late. I think this is an “Asian” thing because from memory, Chinese and Vietnamese weddings have always started several hours later than the specified time. I haven’t been to many weddings, but this is what I’ve noticed so far. This holud commenced 3 hours late. Therefore, don’t rock up with an empty stomach.
  2. There’s colour and lots of it. Don’t be shy to join in the fun and wear a saree or at least dress in bright colours to fit in. You could pretty much get away with wearing any colour of the rainbow and expect to see lots of splashes of gold jewellery.
  3. Break your diet for the amazing buffet dinner and dessert. I can’t express how much food there was or how amazingly delicious it all was! Do it!
  4. Don’t be shocked the bride doesn’t eat while you are. Towards the end of the holud, guests queue up to apply tumeric paste to her face which is meant to soften her skin. Guests also feed her after this. There were canape picks of fruits, vegetables and meatballs.

Nora Shaheed's holud - Bengali wedding celebrations, bride
The gorgeous bride with stunning hand art

Nora's holud, part of a Bengali wedding celebrations - gifts and food carried in my groom's family
Gifts and food carried in my groom’s family

Nora's holud, part of a Bengali wedding celebrations - Jennifer Lam, Jodie Nguyen, Sarah Wu and Olivia Ta wearing sarees (sari)
Me with girlfriends wearing saree

Nora's holud, part of a Bengali wedding celebrations - laying out gifts
Spreading out gifts

Nora's holud, part of a Bengali wedding celebrations - bride and friends
The bride with friends

Nora's holud, part of a Bengali wedding celebrations - people seated
Crowd seated

Nora's holud, part of a Bengali wedding celebrations - Jodie Nguyen and Jennifer Lam in sarees
Jodie & I in saris

Nora's holud, part of a Bengali wedding celebrations - starter of pan puris stuffed with potato curry (gol gappas) and served with a spicy chickpea curry
Starter of pan pooris (gol grappas) served with spicy chickpea curry

Nora's holud (part of a Bengali wedding celebrations) - Gol Gappas in the making
Gol grappas in the making

Nora's holud (part of a Bengali wedding celebrations) - peacock made from fruit and vegetables
Peacock made from fruit and vegetables

Nora's holud (part of a Bengali wedding celebrations) -  deconstructed garden salad
Giant deconstructed garden salad

Nora's holud (part of a Bengali wedding celebrations) - eggplant curry
Eggplant curry

Nora's holud (part of a Bengali wedding celebrations) - coconut crepes
Crepes filled with coconut

Nora's holud (part of a Bengali wedding celebrations) - food in kitchen
Lots of food in the kitchen

Nora's holud (part of a Bengali wedding celebrations) - watermelon, pineapple and meatballs
Canape picks with watermelon, pineapple and meatballs, to be fed to the bride

Nora's holud (part of a Bengali wedding celebrations) - sweets
Sweets!

Nora's holud (part of a Bengali wedding celebrations) - sweets which look like curry puffs
Curry puff looking sweets

Nora's holud (part of a Bengali wedding celebrations) - buffet dinner, chicken curry
Buffet dinner table with chicken curry

Nora's holud (part of a Bengali wedding celebrations) - my dinner plate with bread, pilaf, roasted tomatoes and more
My dinner plate with pilaf, raita, roast chicken, adana kebab, curries, roast tomatoes, garden salad and more

Nora's holud (part of a Bengali wedding celebrations) - people seated
People seated in hall

Nora's holud (part of a Bengali wedding celebrations) - sweets buffet
Sweets buffet table

Nora's holud (part of a Bengali wedding celebrations) - sweets
Our plate of assorted sweets

Nora's holud (part of a Bengali wedding celebrations) - putting tumeric on bride
Putting tumeric on the bride

Nora's holud (part of a Bengali wedding celebrations) - Jennifer Lam with Nora Shaheed
Me in a saree with the bride

Check out the rest of my photos from the holud here.


Jennifer Lam (Jenius)

 
Jennifer is the founding blogger of I Ate My Way Through (originally, Jenius.com.au). Having grown up in a family where food was always at the centre of all celebrations, family events and milestones, Jen is obsessed with capturing irresistible flavours and stories from myriad cultures. A lover of the finer things in life, as well as cheap eats, her blogging ethos is all about empowering people to have good food and invigorating adventures - because life is too short for mediocre meals or dull travel. Her hobbies are breakfast, lunch and dinner. She's globally curious, passionate about female entrepreneurship, is a soy chai latte fanatic, and loves vintage, dressmaking and photography.