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Love is in the Air

The 4th photo in my Valentine's series, taken during the wedding I went to in Kolkata recently.

Fire is a traditional part of Hindu wedding ceremonies. And fire is also an apt metaphor for love.

In this portion of the ceremony, the Anjali, an offering is made to the fire using khoi - a kind of puffed rice. The bride's brother puts the khoi in the bride's hands. The groom then stands behind her and puts his hands beneath hers. They then extend their arms forward, pouring the khoi into the fire together as you see here.

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Love is in the Air

The 4th photo in my Valentine's series, taken during the wedding I went to in Kolkata recently.

Fire is a traditional part of Hindu wedding ceremonies. And fire is also an apt metaphor for love.

In this portion of the ceremony, the Anjali, an offering is made to the fire using khoi - a kind of puffed rice. The bride's brother puts the khoi in the bride's hands. The groom then stands behind her and puts his hands beneath hers. They then extend their arms forward, pouring the khoi into the fire together as you see here.

More Valentine's pics

comments (33)

Enjoying the series Charles you have caught this wedding so well
  • Aussie
  • Australia
  • 14 Feb 2010, 00:23
Another lovely image, such warm colours
cool.
such rich colours....
obviously red is important
  • Santi
  • United States
  • 14 Feb 2010, 01:02
Great series, Charles.
Lovely to see such a joyful ceremony, the colours are rich too.
  • yvonne
  • United States
  • 14 Feb 2010, 01:54
So enjoying this series...what a beautiful wedding!
  • JMS*
  • Thailand
  • 14 Feb 2010, 03:01
Merci pour ces explications indispensable qui rend tout son sens à cette belle photo !
  • kyungmee
  • United States
  • 14 Feb 2010, 05:17
I love colors in this series! Wonderful blur and motion. Very cool to look and appreciate your comentaries!
  • Nina
  • France
  • 14 Feb 2010, 06:05
Beautiful series story with photos on top!
  • Toni
  • Eastern Washington
  • 14 Feb 2010, 06:08
Very interesting. Do you know what the significance is? I guess I could Wikipedia it, couldn't I?
A lovely series. The warm tones are beautiful. I like the fire and colours. Bravo!
  • Magnus
  • Norway
  • 14 Feb 2010, 09:15
Excellent series, I like the warm colors.
  • k@
  • France
  • 14 Feb 2010, 09:26
Super frame & movement, the red is moving !
  • Thomas
  • India
  • 14 Feb 2010, 09:36
Beautiful image Charles. Happy Valentine's day to you as well.
Fascinating!
  • mhelene
  • France
  • 14 Feb 2010, 10:31
Very beautiful ! Great colors and your photo gives back the mood of the wedding !
  • Sidney
  • Philippines
  • 14 Feb 2010, 10:45
Happy Valentine's Day !
Very nice and colorful detail. Like a lot.
Happy Valentine's day... smile)
  • Scarabaeus
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 14 Feb 2010, 12:23
A perfect shot for valentines. You've captured the movement of the khoi and fire beautifully.
  • STEED
  • Germany
  • 14 Feb 2010, 12:25
Wow!!! Sparkling...Like your picture...
Makes our wedding ceremonies look very week compared with this..Very nice Charles.
The flames of love, Happy Valentine's day Charles
  • MARIANA
  • Canada
  • 14 Feb 2010, 14:57
Beautiful documentary shot . What a lovely tradition !
I enjoy all this picture , good narrative with them , a real pleasure , Phil.
  • ppeut
  • France
  • 14 Feb 2010, 16:53
I enjoye the series, it is very interesting. I like the warm colours of the atmosphere.
  • alice
  • France
  • 14 Feb 2010, 16:55
So many rich colors and textures! Lucky you to have this opportunity to take these photos.
How interesting.
Great actionphoto as well!
  • zed
  • Australia
  • 14 Feb 2010, 18:04
Great series Charles
  • tede
  • France
  • 14 Feb 2010, 18:04
Hello, Really beautiful, magnificent series. Good day.
  • grouser
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 14 Feb 2010, 19:18
Nicely timed and framed Charles. The cascade of rice leads the eye to the flame. Good documentary and background information too
The dynamics of movement works well, as do the colours. Nice.
  • Zhu
  • Canada
  • 15 Feb 2010, 21:32
Love the warmth of the picture! Lovely colors too.
What a fascinating and beautiful ceremony. I like the way you have the hands in focus.

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