Fifty-year-old Tianna from Australia could hardly understand the ceremonies in a makeshift stage on Panambur beach on Thursday. But she appeared to be thoroughly enjoying every moment of the marriage of her friend Herbert's daughter Jecintha and Wolfram Wintzer, a German.
“I had seen Indian marriages only in movies. For the first time, I am seeing it and participating in the festivities. It's colourful… a perfect day,” she said.
Ms. Tianna was among the 30-odd people from Australia and Germany who were witness to the marriage between Jecintha and Wolfram Wintzer. A lot many visitors to the beach spent time seeing the marriage being done strictly following the local traditions. This was held at the structure that resembles “Guttu Mane”, a traditional house of the region.
“I was a lot impressed with Indian culture and tradition and had expressed my desire to get married here. My colleague Harish Parala turned this into a reality,” said Mr. Wintzer before proceeding to the stage.
Mr. Wintzer works in the Archaeological Department in Ruhr Universitat in Bochum, Germany. Jecnitha, an Australian, works in the administrative section of the Ruhr Universitat.
It was Harish Parala, a native of Mangalore, and his wife Anjana Parala who chose the location and made all the arrangements for the beach-side marriage. “The two had got their marriage registered a few days ago. The couple was impressed with the choice of this location,” said Yatish Baikampady, Chief Executive Officer of Panambur Beach Tourism Development Project.
The hut-like structure was decorated with flowers. Areca palms around the structure added colour to the venue.
The German-Australian couple as well as their friends had come to the venue wearing traditional dress.
Mr. Wintzer was looking handsome in cream Kurtha, a white pyjama and Mysore peta (head gear). Ms. Jecintha wore a silk sari and had a gold necklace and a waist band. Shashidhar Somayagi and his group conducted the rituals and the ceremonies.
It was around 6.05 p.m. that Mr. Wintzer tied the mangalasutra, the sacred thread, around the neck of Ms. Jecintha amidst chanting of Vedic hymns and sounds of musical instruments. Following this, relatives and friends of the couple came up to the stage to get group photographs clicked. Among those who were on the stage were the two children, whom the couple have adopted. All those gathered for the event then had “Jalebi”, and samosa, and the event was over by 8.30 p.m.
A German and an Australian tie the knot on Panambur beach