On Thursday, March 31st 2011, Ms. Sharmila Thapar, wife of the Indian Ambassador in Beirut, delivered a lecture on “Weddings in India” at the Cultural Hour, in the Haigazian University Auditorium.
Dr. Arda Ekmekji, Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Science, opened the evening with warm words of welcome and an appreciation for multicultural countries such as Lebanon and India, adding that they have “a bouquet of numerous traditions.”
Ms. Sharmila Thapar, a very accomplished lady in her own right, introduced her audience to the celebration of marriage or “shadi” in India. “All the ceremonies involve prayer, dance, music and food” Thapar explained, adding that there are differences in tradition based on region, religion and culture.
Thapar then proceeded to go over the traditional ceremonies of the four major denominations in India: the Muslim Nikaah, Sikh Anand Karaj, Christian weddings and Hindu Vivah. Her presentation included vivid details and colorful pictures and she left her audience with some website links for more information.
This was followed by a brief Q&A session and the event concluded with refreshments.