This is a wedding basket that they fill with food (rice, avocados, etc.) for the bride's parents.
Two days after the dot was presented, the wedding took place. The couple got married civilly at noon and then came to Branch 1 for what they called a Church blessing. This consisted of advice being given to the newlyweds by Jean Paul and his wife Egenie, a couple of songs, and then advice and a prayer given by President Mabingo, the Branch president. Frida looked beautiful in her wedding dress, and of course, Aimable is as handsome as he can be.
I got to wear my official Burundian dress to the wedding.
Their reception began after the Church blessing and, boy, was it boring! All the reception consisted of was everyone sitting in chairs listening to men from both sides of the family bloviate. Refreshments again consisted of a Fanta drink. The event began about 3:00pm (at least that is when we were told to be there for the blessing), the Van's made their exit at 7:00pm, and we stayed till Aloys told us to go up and present our gift to the happy couple at about 8:00pm. No fun had by anyone at the reception! Aimable and Frida had warned us about Burundian receptions, and they were right! No socializing, so dancing, no eating, no singing. no drums. This is definitely something we do better in the States!