A Wedding at Keduzhen

The wedding in Keduzhen

The wedding in Keduzhen

Less than a day’s notice and an invitation came through to go to a wedding in Keduzhen, a small town surrounded by mountains in a remote area of Yunnan Province. Guests are greeted by the bride and groom and offered sweets and nuts. There is a tradition in many  parts of China about having a “lucky foreigner” at your wedding.

The wedding at Keduzhen - and a feast for local people.

The wedding at Keduzhen – and a feast for local people.

The couple had already had one ceremony in the groom’s home city of Dong Chuan and this was a second one at the bride’s home.

Mao Zedong

Mao Zedong

Keduzhen was on the route of the Long March and the Chairman still has his place here.

The bride, groom and parents

The bride, groom and parents

The bride, groom and parents are presented to the guests and the festivities continue, maybe for just a couple of hours.

The mosque at Keduzhen

The mosque at Keduzhen

The call to prayer came at 6.30am the following day.

Early morning Keduzhen main street.

Early morning Keduzhen main street.

Early morning Keduzhen main street, 07.15 and the town starts to move. China has only one time zone so the further west you are the later the day starts.

Saturday is market day.

Saturday is market day.

Saturday is market day

Saturday is market day

Saturday is market day and local people take over the main street to sell and buy. Here, having swept the road, a young women is setting up a canopy to keep off the fierce sunshine.

Market day Keduzhen

Market day Keduzhen

Market day Keduzhen and by 8.30am things are getting busy.

Goats to the slaughter

Goats to the slaughter

It’s Eid Mubarak and time to sacrifice.

Market day

Market day

…time to get dressed up and celebrate…

Market day Keduzhen

Market day Keduzhen

…sell and communicate

Market  day Keduzhen

Market day Keduzhen

…… get your vegetables in for the weekend.

Market day Keduzhen

Market day Keduzhen

….. and stock up with herbal medicines.

The Wedding in Keduzhen - lunch the day after

The Wedding in Keduzhen – lunch the day after

Then after much delay and and an early lunch, it’s farewells all round.

 

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