By: Sultan Ahmed
The Wakhi tradition of marriage is unique and has its own beauty. For centuries, this tradition has been kept alive. There is general feeling that because of globalization, all traditions are affected and wakhi tradition is not an exception to that. To the contrary, it was interesting to note that two foreigners traveled all the way from their home country to the Chipursan valley and got married in the traditional way.
They lived in two separate houses and had the traditional wedding dresses. Jenny was wearing shalwar kameez and embroidered ladies cap. She had covered her body with Dupatta and shawl. Tom was wearing white shalwar kameez and the traditional woolen garment called Chuga (bet in wakhi). He was also wearing the turban on his head. Traditional food was prepared and served to all guests coming from different parts of Chipursan valley. It is important to mention that before the advent of vehicles, the bride and groom would use horses to get to their destination but nowadays it is not the common practice because of vehicles.
However, Tom and Jeneey revived that tradition and used horses to travel between the two houses. Jenny was aware that whenever a lady leaves her house at marriage, she cries to show her attachment to her parents and other family members. Therefore she respected this norm as some tears appeared on her cheek while she was originating from the house.
According to the tradition, all male guests got opportunity to dance on the beat of trio band. A polo match was also played as part of the celebrations. This was an interesting and unique event in the history of Chiprusan.