This past Saturday one of the gals from the office got married. She and her new husband are Catholic and the ceremony was held in the Catholic church on the main street of Sentani. It was an interesting experience to be at not only an Indonesian wedding, but a Catholic one. The bride was beautiful, and a little nervous. The groom looked happy. Both of their parents have already passed away but one of them still has a grandmother. One part of an Indonesian wedding ceremony is where the bride and groom receive a blessing from their parents. In this case it was from a couple siblings and the grandmother. At one point as well it appeared that the Bride’s family presented something to the grooms family (or maybe it was the other way around). In this culture when two people marry, it is often the families (parents) who will agree or disagree. The ceremony was full of ceremony. There was communion, a gift given to Mary, a choir that sang rather beautifully, multiple blessings from the priest, and finally, the actual exchanging of vows. After the vows, the priest offered the new husband the opportunity to show his love for his new wife. He kissed her on the forehead. It was very sweet. Following the ceremony we expected them to walk out of the church like in North America, but they didn’t. They stayed up at the front where you could shake their hands. Then as we exited the church we all received a little box containing a cup of water, a risole (kind of like a baked lumpia/egg roll but with different insides), and a sticky rice roll. The reception was held later that evening in a town quite far away so we didn’t go.