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 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.
Keduzhen was on the route of the Long March and the Chairman still has his place here.
The bride, groom and parents are presented to the guests and the festivities continue, maybe for just a couple of hours.
The call to prayer came at 6.30am the following day.
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 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 and by 8.30am things are getting busy.
It’s Eid Mubarak and time to sacrifice.
…time to get dressed up and celebrate…
…sell and communicate
…… get your vegetables in for the weekend.
….. and stock up with herbal medicines.
Then after much delay and and an early lunch, it’s farewells all round.