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Pakistan: Dreaming of a white wedding?

Don't! They have such colourful and traditionally patterned wedding dresses in the Sub-Coninent. This is detail from a Pakistani bride's wedding outfit. Hand woven traditional patterns on silk. This is a colour for the "second day", the Walima or party thrown by the groom's family. I'm told this can be almost any colour these days. The colour normally reserved for the "first day", the Bharat or actual wedding reception by the bride's side is traditionally red or shades of it. Different cultures employ different colours for different occasions. In the West you get the colour white for weddings. Not so in countries such as Pakistan or India. White is associated with funerals and widowhood! Weddings are very colourful affairs. And special moments of joy and happiness. And spicy food aplenty :-)

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Taken on August 25, 2006