On June 30, the wedding celebrations began with a 4 hour drive up north to the home of Roberto's grandmother, aunts, uncles, and many cousins. We were greeted by women and children singing and dancing.....well i think this part of our wedding celebration is best told in pictures:
Aunts, cousins, neighbors....all singing and dancing as we arrived. This culture is full of singing and dancing!
Mom and dad with the rabbit and chicken we were given....they were later killed and prepared for Roberto and I to eat in our new home.
Roberto with the goat we were given as a gift. (It was later killed and prepared for the wedding day feast)
The women prepared a wonderful feast for us.
Such beautiful women working so hard!
Roberto and I were given a capalana, a traditional wrap that serves as a skirt, baby sling, cloth to sit on, blanket.....countless uses!
My mom and Roberto's mom.
The family members formed small groups and presented us with gifts. Each group sang and danced and they approached us. This group of women presented us with sugar cane and lots of oranges
A few of the gifts we were given. The wooden cups were hand made and painted by one of Roberto's uncles.
The women heard we wanted some cashews to take back to Maputo with us so they picked and roasted them for us
Roberto and I choosing the "special parts" of the goat we wanted to eat....the tongue, stomach, intestines.
Packing up all of our gifts in the car as the women sang and danced some more
My new family :-)