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Day 90 (5th March 2016) Saturday. Traditional Cambodian wedding : 2:00am wake up call, leave at 2:45 thinking I'm going to be late, wait around for the others for a bit. We leave at 3am in taxi and arrive at the dorms thinking we have missed the bus it's so early but the bus only arrives at 4am. Its freezing in the bus as he has the air con on full blast for the 4 hour journey and we arrive at 7 :30-8am.
The wedding starts with the offering of fruit. All the guests and I have to walk down the street and show that we are carrying fruit baskets and then walk down the aisle and offer the bride and the groom the fruit. Breakfast is served it being typical Cambodia breakfast - pork and rice. There was a bit of free time while the groom got dressed into her 2nd outfit of 9 throughout the day. The boys and girls and I from Phnom Penh walk across the road with all our stuff assuming that is where we will be staying for the night. The village we are in is just beyond Kampot city. We go back for the blessing ceremony which was slightly amusing as they have a comedian do a skit before. I have no idea what he is saying as the whole thing is in khmer but luckily one of my friends could translate some for me so could understand the serious part of the ceremony when they did the hair cutting and perfume spraying on the couple.
Lunch was the same as breakfast- Pork and rice with water, and the bride casually putting on her pjs to eat her food and rest for 2 min.
After lunch which ended in the afternoon we went to put our bags in another house which belonged to the neighbours. They laid out a grass mat that is less than 1cm thick. I thought at first that it was just down to protect the mattress that would go on top but no .... no mattress just the floor and a grass mat. All the girls fell asleep while talking on the mats that were on the balcony.
Luckily we woke up just with enough time to put on the second outfit of the day and be a bit more presentable. I could hear the music starting to play and crowds were forming. A whole set up went down while I was snoozing, 500 seated guest tables were laid out for everyone in the village and far away. A proper big stage was set up with professional singers and dancers up there blasting out music as if it were a stadium full of people.
I sat down for dinner which was quite impressive. Each table had a lazy Suzan in the middle with three different types of dishes, rice and roasted peanuts that were amazing. The night was amazing with the private concert and fruit cutting, joining in on traditional dance and just getting to be there to see it all unfold before my eyes. The bride did a couple more outfits changes with each new thing she did.
Some of the local kids took a liking to me and were making me rings out of flax, they were seriously so creative. Then the kids found me later this night and moved on to playing with my hair, plaiting it in all weird ways but they were too cute not to let them. We partied for a long time until my ears were so sore from the music being so loud and in another language they were ringing. I went over to get ready for bed at like 1am and the party carried on for another hour or two.
xx Kirsty Claire xx