Wednesday, 24 August 2016

Jan and Yvette's wedding: The milk ceremony

Compared to the three previous days, the fourth and final day of Jan and Yvette's wedding was a low-key, intimate affair. A small number of guests went to a cousin's house (a stand-in for the couple's home, which will be in Uganda) and crowded into the bedroom. There Jan removed Yvette's veil and they fed each other milk from wooden vessels, then fed a young boy and girl - a symbol of the importance of milk in Rwandan culture and the family's hopes they will soon have children. That was followed by gift-giving and the final speeches from each side of the family. By the time you read this Jan and Yvette will be settling into their new home in Kampala.

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