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Xoxo, India


One of the worlds most crowded cities, about 7,384 miles away from my home and the most colorful place I've seen so far. India, I recently just came back from a week-long trip to New Delhi, Agra, and Newarshaha India. So we all remember when I was convinced that we all should be living our real life Roka - an Indian engagement announcement ceremony. Well, I attended that event last year and now we are post the ring ceremony that was held in India. Now as we know in the Indian community they celebrate love and matrimony throughout the whole year with an average of 1,000 guests at their weddings. The colors, the rituals, and the culture have been something I have always felt drawn to. Sometimes with me being African American, I feel the need to fill the void in the lack of culture. My true cultural identity has been lost throughout years of slavery and my ancestors being broken from their roots. The millennials have now adapted our own cultural traditions from our parents and possibly their parents. Jumping the broom during marriage has been around for ages in the African American community and has possibly come from marriages and courtships during slavery.

However, our other original African traditions during marriage {which I'm sure there are many} are something that we as African Americans can't relate to because of the lack of knowledge in those areas. It's sad and it's something that I am personally working to get more education on my Nigerian and Ghanaian traditions. However, this trip to India was such a band-aid to my hurt soul when I was invited to attend my dear friend's ring ceremony. She is Punjabi, Indian and her hometown is Nawanshahr, Punjab. I traveled to India with three of my other friends who are also travel junkies and love to seek inspiration from around the world. 

Our first stop was in Agra, which is where the celebrated Taj Mahal lives. This was a feeling that I will never forget nor, will the image leave my mind. The Taj Mahal holds a love story that I don't want to give up but I suggest that in this life time please visit India to see the Taj Mahal. Out of all the places I have seen the Eiffel Tower, Statue of Liberty, Burj Khalifa, Big Ben and the Taj Mahal almost brings tears to my eyes just to speak about it. We also cooked with a local family while in Agra which was definitely an experience. As the days progressed in India I realized that it would be soon time for us to find our outfits for the ceremony. We visited the Chandni Chowk Bazaar and shopped for our Punjabi Suites and Langas. Such an amazing experience to see the hustle and bustle of everyday life in India. The traffic, the food, the children all had me in a rush as we quickly moved through the bazaar on our rickshaw cart. We managed to find beautiful outfits just in time along with jewelry and accessories to match. The next morning we had yoga in the Lodhi Gardens which was also amazingly beautiful. I remember thanking God for allowing me to share my practice in this amazing place. We then caught our flight to my friends’ hometown where we were greeted by her and her "mama" meaning mother's brother. She took us back to her home where we had a home-cooked Indian meal made by her mother. She also gave us henna on our hand for the Ring Ceremony the next day. I could not help but think of how blessed I am to have made such a culturally involved friend like her that was so eager to teach us and tell us about her Indian culture.

As my heart began to be filled with joy and happiness for my friend within a blink of an eye it was time for us to get ready for her ring ceremony. Her family and friends welcomed us with open arms and drummers as we then became the bride-to-be entourage entering the ceremony. The ceremony was breathtaking with so many colors and multi-color drapes. Staring at my friend and her soon to be husband was so inspiring and I couldn't be more happy for my friend or any more pleased with this trip to India. So far my best trip yet! Here is a glimpse of all we did while in India. If you have any questions feel free to inquire about our journey on the contact tab in the menu option above!

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