The Bangladesh Student Association at Baruch College held its third annual mock wedding in the Multipurpose Room on Nov. 14, but this year BSA decided to have two brides as the ceremonial couple for the event, instead of the typical bride and groom.
The mock wedding is a way to celebrate the culture and traditions of Bangladesh. Having two brides was also the club’s way of showing progression toward equality. BSA President Syeda Rahman said the club thought of the two-bride idea last semester because they wanted to emphasize that as a new generation, they are more modern than the current government in Bangladesh, and as a club at Baruch, they welcome everyone.
“We just thought it would be a great way to be more inclusive,” Rahman said. “The club itself is very inclusive. We’re not a religious club, we don’t think any one way. We want everyone to feel accepted.”
As students entered the Multipurpose Room, they were greeted with loud music blaring from where the DJ stood at the front, playing party songs from Bollywood.
The Multipurpose Room was transformed with golden decorations giving off a regal look. The dinner tables had tall, golden centerpieces and the stage had a sparkly gold curtain draped behind it. The wide table and couch placed in the center of the stage for the two brides looked sophisticated with its dark gold color and engravings.
BSA went even further with the decorations by printing out large paper money with Rahman’s face and getting a Snapchat filter for the location so guests could share the event with their friends.
A variety of traditional Bengali food was served including pilau, which is rice; naan, a type of flatbread; chicken lollipop and beef curry.
All of the members of BSA dressed up in traditional Bengali clothing. The women wore vibrant and colorful dresses called sarees and the men wore matching kurtas, which are long-sleeve shirts that come down to the knee.
Numerous performances took place during the event. The ceremony started with small solo and duo performances. Several members sang songs from Bollywood and performed dances to the music.
The hit performance of the night came from Siam Ahmed, who played guitar and sang the romantic song “Tu Jaane Na” by Atif Aslam, which translates to “you don’t know.” The audience sang along with Ahmed as they did with most of the popular songs. Ahmed then played “Beautiful Soul” by Jesse McCartney.
After a game of musical chairs and a break for dinner, another round of performances occurred, which is normal at most Southeast Asian weddings. This part of the night was filled with energy. The audience no longer sat quietly in their chairs watching and clapping after each performance — now, the entire audience stood up with the last row standing up on their chairs as they clapped and cheered along with the music.
In contrast to the dances at the start of the wedding, the performances at the end featured at least four people and with more dancers coming on after each performance. Finally, all the woman members of BSA performed a number and their colorful sarees filled the space and moved with them as they danced. The men joined them as they performed the final dance of the night.
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