small book and begins. The tables were covered with white sheets of cloth. These prayers have a special importance for it is agni who dispels the darkness and ignorance from our lives and leads us to eternal light and knowledge. My cousin was the first child to be married in the family. I drew immense pleasure when the marriage ceremony of my cousin was held. The marriage party members were very gentle. Cold- drinks were ready. Crushed sandalwood, herbs, sugar, rice, ghee, camphor, and twigs are placed into the fire invoking Gods blessing (Homa). My father and uncle stood at the gate to receive the guests.
There was a great excitement and joy among us to see the preparations for the wedding celebration in our family, Decorations were made on the day before the marriage ceremony. The couple is advised to: remember the divine; look upon others with sympathy, love and compassion; be strong and righteous; and show good will and affection towards each others families; bring up the children so that they are religious and strong in body and mind;. Sweets were made and kept for the guests. Large quantities of fresh fruits Were also arranged for the guests. A celebration in a family gives pleasure to all the Members of the family. Many guests had brought different gifts for my cousin who was the bride.