London wedding photographer: Tibetan wedding ceremony and reception in Dharamsala, India

Some ten years ago I spent a month in McLeod Gunj – Dharamsala. It is a very busy town in the Indian Himalayas and it is sometimes called the Tibetan capital in exile. It is the main seat of  H.H. the Dalai Lama and a shelter for a growing number of Tibetan refugees. During my stay there I took pictures of many aspects of daily life of Tibetans in exile. This blog features many photo-stories from Dharamsala — please look for them in earlier posts. Some of my pictures appeared in several exhibitions in Poland and the Czech Republic.

The photos below belong to a yet unpublished collection. I had the great honor to take part in a Tibetan wedding. In the first, more formal part of the ceremony, the bride, the groom, and their parents are greeted by guests in the traditional Tibetan way, by offering white scarves called Khatags and envelopes with gifts. The part which follows is a great reception, with delicious Tibetan food and lots of singing and dancing.

 

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