Monday, October 12, 2009
Come On Baby Light My Fire
Photo from Sparks
Large South African weddings are followed by a festive feast known as Karamu.
The bride's family lights a fire in the hearth of the new couple, using fire from their own hearth.
To capture the essence of this custom, a large candle remains unlit during the ceremony, flanked by two lit smaller candles. The bride and groom each take one small candle and light the large candle, symbolizing their union. A nice way to add to this is to have each of the small candles lit by the parents of the bride and groom prior to the wedding.
This can make a beautiful statement but I have another idea. Plan an event after the Honeymoon. Begin preparing food that is cooked in the oven of your parents home or your new home. Then transport it to the in-laws to finish cooking. Everyone can bring pictures, food, and share stories over pot luck that has been prepared in the warmth and love of both parents home. One dish can mean so much.