About halfway during this process, one of the elders grabs my hand, puts some strings in it and pushes me to the front. So I take my turn in tying the strings, and wishing them many children and grandchildren, big harvest, long life, health, and love from one another. (Such wishes are the usual thing to do when one ties a string).
The last seemed unexpected since it elicits a giggle from the two girls. I know this was an arranged marriage, but i'd like to think love is not unthinkable.
Canon EOS 5D Mark II, f/2.8 @ 34 mm, 1/25, ISO 3200, No Flash
Kees Sprengers/TAEC 2010