A divine wedding

Some images of the Ihi wedding ceremony for pre-pubescent Newari girls in Kathmandu, Nepal.

Ihi wedding ceremony, Kathmandu

Young Newari girl at the Ihi wedding ceremony, Kathmandu

Each girl undergoes a pre-emptive marriage, in which she marries the sacred bel fruit (seriously) so she will never have to bear the burden of widowhood should her real husband die prematurely. Sounds bizarre, but I think you can see it’s basically just a happy dress-up day for them.

More images from Kathmandu and the rest of Nepal.


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