Day 16 – A wedding Day in Mae Sai
This was to be a full day. I was invited to a wedding (Ghan’s brother’s wedding) in Mae Sai which will be at 10:00 AM. Mae Sai is a town about 1 1/2 hours away from AYDC where Ghan’s mother lives. This meant that I will go into the town (Chiang Rai) with Pastor Luka when he is dropping off his daughters at the schools. Then, meet up with others to go to the wedding. On the way, we dropped by at the university which Luka attended, Chiang Rai Rajabhat University. It had a huge and beautiful campus. I believe Boonta, one of AYDC students, will be attending this university this May. This is one of the two universities in Chiang Rai and it is a very good university.
I have never been to a Akha wedding and I was looking forward very much. I love weddings, I really do. It was not to be a traditional Akha wedding since the bride is Catholic and did not want a traditional Akha wedding. The wedding was at groom’s mother’s house. The scenery around her house was simply beautiful! First thing you notice was the flower arch which was set up at the gateway to the house under which the bride and groom will greet the guests and take pictures with them. Of course there was a table for guestbook and wedding presents. The front yard of the house was set up with many round tables with 8-10 chairs around them for the guests. A lot of picture taking.
The food was catered and was very good. How can you have a wedding without good food? Unthinkable.
Then there was a lot of singing. Everyone sang. I ended up singing a song with Pastor Luka as well and we sang “How Great Thou Art.”
We hurried back after the wedding because the FABC pastors/leaders conference was to begin in the evening with a dinner at AYDC. But many of the guests were staying for next few days for party at the house.