This is the second part of the blog on Rural Notables – the celebration that took place after all of the food preparation took place, as discussed in the past blog of this series.
After all of the food had been prepared and the entertainment arranged for Yvonne’s engagement party, it was time for the guests to arrive and the celebration to begin.
Links to sauteed ndagala (whitebait) recipe that was prepared for the engagement feast is given at the end of the blog.
- Yvonne’s younger sister, Elianne, is dressed in her new smock and with a cousin is coming with a traditional basket of beans for the newly-engaged couple
The guests have been seated in a large, open-front tent made of wooden poles and plastic sheeting. Then, Yvonne is brought in by a group of women relatives who clap and sing that she is going to be a happy bride &c. In spite of joyful songs and urging, Evonne hangs her head and moves very slowly, as part of the ceremony she is showing her sadness at leaving her own…
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