Many described it as a scene from a Bollywood movie, as a groom and his Sarbala (a young boy who accompanies the groom in a Hindu wedding) rode on brightly decorated horses to a wedding ceremony at the Divali Nagar site, Endeavour, Chaguanas on Friday evening.
The re-enactment of a night wedding was part of Heritage Radio 101.7FM’s “Bhandari Festival”—a post-Indian Arrival Day celebration.
The day began with a bicycle and motorcycle parade through the streets of Chaguanas and there was a cookout on chula (earthen stoves) at the venue.
The street parade, as in a traditional Hindu wedding, began at Avidesh Samaroo Park, Endeavour Chaguanas at 5.30 p.m. The groom, Rishi Sinanan, and seven-year-old Chris Mohammed, mounted two horses and galloped along the roadway, through Price Plaza, and down Narsaloo Ramaya Road, where the bride, Crystal Kissoon-Sinanan, was awaiting them.
Kissoon-Sinanan is an announcer at Heritage Radio. The procession was led by a music truck and tassa drumming.
Throughout the procession people came out of their homes and businesses to get a glimpse of the decorated white horses and the two riders dressed in traditional Indian garb.
The re-enactment of the wedding was held under a mandap (alter) officiated by Pundit Chrisendath Ramdhanie Sharma, who is also a Heritage Radio announcer.
Members of the Shiv Shakti Dance Company performed traditional wedding dances during the wedding.
Entertainment was also provided by the T&TEC Gayatones with Andy Singh, Nadia Nadoo and Nishard Sultan.