PICS Brings Cheerful And Colorful Mock Wedding in Stockholm
A few days back, Pakistan Information & Cultural Society (PICS) based in Stockholm, Sweden arranged a fantastic Pakistani mock wedding in Stockholm. The venue gets a colorful look through the rich Pakistani wedding culture. The purpose was to get the Swedes to familiarize how marriages are taken place in our homeland. The event showed the best of the Pakistani culture through beautiful typical bridal clothing, accessories, ambiance, music and food.
The mock wedding consisted of a series of three festive events in a row. It was indeed a tough task to portray all the three events mehndi, barat and walima in a single day but the team arranged everything very well.
The program began with a henna ceremony.
The groom comes in together with his friends who danced hostilely to the traditional dhol music while the audience welcomes them with a cheer.
The bride came shortly after the groom, led by four girls who held a shawl over her and other girls holding a large mehndi tray.
When the couple sat down on the stage, the audience’s enthusiasm continued and people began to take pictures of the couple. The women start henna ceremony while dholki is played by voluntary participation from the audience.
Barat & Walima Ceremony
After the henna ceremony, the set-up was taken off and the whole was changed to complement the next events. Now, it was time for the wedding day. The bride wore a traditional red dress and the groom wore a beige sherwani who complemented the bride’s outfit. When the couple came in, the guests cheered. The audience got energized when they saw the new couple.
Dudh pilayi rasam was performed by a very cute girl dressed very nicely in sharara accompanied by a group.
Once the barat function is over, comes the walima couple with a completely different attire, confidence and attitude.
“Pakistani weddings are definitely the most enjoyable event and celebration to attend. Everyone dresses in their dazzling outfit, and extended families even gather to celebrate the event”, says PICS Secretary Nazneen Ansari.
PICS President Shahzad Ansari sums up his views as “Wedding is one of the key elements of Pakistani culture. Everyone should be able to attend and experience the Pakistani wedding at least once in their lives. We can proudly say that the PICS team and our partners have succeeded in doing today”.
The show was sponsored by many local and committed sponsors. An incredible work had been done by the PICS team for bringing desi mahol in gora mulk. We congratulate PICS team for the incredible event and wish them luck for their future endeavors.
Photo Credits: Naveed Abbas Memon