Comunidade Hindu de Portugal Elopement Image from Lisboa showing a ceremony with no reception and party
Bride and groom during the religious ceremony.
Amita and Miguel were committed to marrying in 2020, due to a family agreement. So after the first COVID-19 confinement, they managed to quickly organize their wedding.
The wedding had more or less 25 guests (their close family and friends). Due to safety measures, they could only do the Hindu ceremony with no reception and party, at least in the Comunidade Hindu of Portugal venue.
It was almost 2.5 hours of emotive ceremony, where the barriers of 2 different cultures were broken for love's sake.
A view of the main entrance to the religious temple.
Comunidade Hindu de Portugal Wedding image of The bride's brother preparing the traditional ceremony table
The bride's brother preparing the table for the religious ceremony.
Lisboa Hindu Wedding Photo of the groom coming in the street for the bride with his godfather on his side holding a umbrella
As a traditional Hindu ceremony, the groom comes in the street with his godfather on his side holding a umbrella, with all of his family singing and creating noise to make known that they are arriving.
The bride hands a flower necklace to the groom during the Hindu ceremony.
Comunidade Hindu de Portugal Wedding photo showing a view of the guests in half-circle in front of the Mandap
A view of the guests in half-circle in front of the Mandap (the Hindu altar).
Comunidade Hindu de Portugal Wedding image showing The bride and groom are doing laps around the fire
The bride and groom are doing laps around the fire ceremony.
Hindu Wedding Ceremony Photo of the bride's brother holding the groom's foot preventing him from proceeding and completing the last lap
In the last lap to the fire, the bride goes ahead as a sign of the family's protective shield, as this is what faces the obstacles of life on the front lines. At this moment, the bride's brothers hold the groom's foot preventing him from proceeding and completing the last lap, when he goes to touch the stone. They only let the wedding ritual end if the groom leaves an “envelope” to take the bride with him (it is the best man who manages the negotiation). It is a traditional joke.
Comunidade Hindu de Portugal Wedding image created Near the end of the religious ceremony of the flower tossing
At the end of the religious ceremony, the bride and groom throw each other flowers.