As a prelude to its second annual “Mock Wedding” event on Nov. 14, the Bangladeshi Student Association held its first-ever “Mehndi and Mishti” event on Nov. 9. Traditional Bangladeshi weddings sometimes last up to a week or longer.
The length of the wedding festivities depends on the family, but there are a few events that always take place for all weddings. The mehndi night is one of them. Mehndi means henna and mishti is the word for Bangladeshi sweets. During this night, henna is drawn on hands and feet, sweets are distributed and there is a lot of dancing and music.
The mock wedding turned out to be so successful last year that the BSA decided it would add on this mehndi event to the mock wedding this year.
The event’s purpose is to share more of the Bangladeshi culture with Baruch students and add a little more authenticity to how weddings are done. In charge of planning the whole event and the upcoming mock wedding is Sadia Huque, BSA’s vice chair of fundraising.
When entering the room where the event was held, the first things noticeable were the vibrant colors. BSA draped long pieces of cloth in different, bright colors around the room, with the colors representing the liveliness surrounding weddings.
The music was loud and everyone seemed to be enjoying themselves. Lamia Aesha, the president of BSA, said, “The sense of unity and family and everyone coming together to have a good time is what the atmosphere of all weddings is like.”
The event opened with a sari competition. A sari is one of the traditional garbs of Bangladeshi women; it is one long piece of fabric that is elaborately fashioned into a skirt and then draped across the upper torso. It can also come with a blouse to wear underneath.
The twist to this competition was that the men in the audience were competing to see who could make a sari the fastest. They were first given a tutorial, but it proved to be harder than they thought and they eventually needed help from some of the women present. After a few tries, the winner ended up being Rabir Hammam, the groom of the mock wedding.
After the competition, the attendees could get their mehndi done while food was served.
The table was decorated with flowers and candles and there was an assortment of sweet and savory Bangladeshi food. Besides mishti, the event also had mini samosas, cake and street snack pani puri.
The two main people of any wedding are the bride and groom. For this mock wedding, BSA chose Samia Jalil, its chair of public relations, and her boyfriend, Hammam.
They sat at the head of the table where the food was spread out, surrounded by their friends. As the event came to a close, everyone including the bride and groom got up to dance.