{Engagement}

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Kwanjula basically means to introduce.  It's a traditional Ugandan ceremony whereby the bride-to-be introduces her future husband (and his entourage) to her family and friends.  There is an article that sums up the details more clearly.
Basically, Matt came to my parents house (where we hosted approx 125 people) and asked permission through his spokesperson to have my hand in marriage. This is traditionally done at the time of engagement, but due to those traveling from abroad, we had the ceremony the evening before our wedding.

The Attire:
The most fascinating aspects of the ceremony are the outfits.  The women wear colorful ensembles called a basuti while the men wear tunics called a kanzu.  I changed my busuti a total of 3 times.  They do this to try and throw off who I am...so that Matt is confused as to whom he's asking to marry. (Yes, it's a comic affair!) My bridesmaids wore a more modern look called a gomesi




 
My bridesmaids (6 out of 8)

The Dowry:
The gifts are also an integral part of the ceremony.  The groom is expected to bring gifts for the "bride price" or "dowry".  It's customary in Uganda for the bride's parents to receive gifts such as cows, chickens, goats, fruits & vegetables, and other living staples. 

Our Ceremony:
Matt and his entourage arrived with the gifts and were seated on one side of the tent.  My family was seated on the other side.  The center was set up as a stage for where my family would come and greet Matt's entourage.  It's also where I was seated for the entire ceremony. 
The elders from my side of the family
That's me (in gold) with my little sister (in green)



My lovely mother sitting by my bridesmaids









Matt's family


My parents




My dad giving the official blessing - I was in tears



The official proposal
A word from our pastor

The After-Party:
Afterwards we partied with a feast (<--not kidding...I've never seen that much food!) also called a Kasiki which translates "bachelorette party".  It was an awesome time!  We had dancers perform and everyone got in on the action!



Me, my parents, and my sister





6 comments:

  1. beautiful, I'll be sharing these beautiful pictures with my Ugandan friends. I love our diverse and African tradition and combining it into our new life and love in the West.

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  2. Im speachless. It`s beautiful!!!! And always is very nice to get know tradition from another countries!!!

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  3. What gorgeous photos! Looks like an amazing celebration!

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  4. We Love you all! And thank you for sharing your wonderful
    time.
    Your Kenyan Sis-Ciru

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  5. I just found your blog (following your rain barrel from Pinterest), and I just have to tell you that I love it! I love seeing your amazing traditions here. And you are so beautiful and so is your mother!

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  6. A very lovely and special ceremony!!!

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