Inspired by the rich culture of Kashmir Valley, a couple from Poland, hosted their wedding reception at banks of river Jhelum according to the traditions of the Valley. The ceremony was held according to Kashmiri customs yesterday. The couple, Bata and Wlodek, chose to dress up in traditional attire for the occasion.
“We were inspired by the culture and the cuisine of the Valley,” said Bata, the bride.
Local chefs, known as ‘wazas’, cooked traditional ‘wazwaan’ dishes for the reception that the couple love to eat.
“We have all the local preparations. I have been eating it for long now. I make it at home too”, Bata, the bride said.
The arrangements for the reception were facilitated by a Kashmiri family the couple is friends with.
Owais Ahmad, who belongs to the local host family said that the couple were inspired by the wedding of one of his cousins and that is when they decided to have a traditional Kashmiri reception.
“They loved the celebration, the food and everything of a Kashmiri wedding. So, they decided to have their own reception here”, he said.
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Bata has been visiting Kashmir for the past three years and loved the culture of the place.
The couple cited their love for Kashmiri culture and food as the reason for holding the reception in the Valley.
Talking about the couple’s traditional Kashmiri attire, Bata said, “We wanted to look like Kashmiris so we choose this attire. I love everything about Kashmir.” She has been coming to the Valley as a tourist for the last three years.
Some family members of the couple were also present on the occasion.
The couple would be travelling to Ladakh for their honeymoon.