s parents. It means he needs not to enter the house as to proceed in the matter. The parents have something in their hand for him to carry. It conveys a message of respect from the parents of the lady that he does not leave their house empty-handed. I was lucky enough that the bride and her parents accepted me at once for a ransom very small. Later, the Wedding day followed. Everything was well prepared. Before the ceremony, I along with my bride had to perform the ritual which aimed at blessing our couple by our parents. The ritual takes place just before the main ceremony. As is the custom, I paid ransom for my bride and went to her house where we had to perform the said ritual before our parents. The Spiritual elder asked the parents of both of us to sit on a particular bench. When they say, a long embroidered cloth was placed in their laps. Every participant was then given a loaf from a particular bread called ‘the wedding bread’. The spiritual leader recited traditional religious text which requested God for mercy upon the couple and forgiveness. According to the tradition, all of our family members joined the spiritual leader in reciting the text.
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