Maggie is our landlord and our next door neighbor. She went out of her way to include us in this event and even helped both of us clueless muzungus figure out what was appropriate to wear. The Introduction was at her father's village, which is about an hour and a half outside of town. It is located in the midst of beautiful tea fields with mountains in the distance. It was a long, bumpy ride, but the view was beautiful!
|The lines of men and women|
ready to enter the event.
We learned that this event, although extremely entertaining and fun, it's a bit overwhelming for a little baby! After almost 2 hours in the car, Ellie was quite overwhelmed by the amount of people and the loud noises, so she and I ended up at the car where she could be loud and move around.
Here are some pictures from the Introduction. We are so grateful that we were included and loved getting to experience this part of culture.
|Some of the dancers. The colors were so beautiful!|
|The first group of girls that came out. The groups came|
in order of age, so he searched among the children first.
|The women in Pheasxus' family bringing gifts (in a cart) to Maggie and her mother|
|This is where Ellie and I ended up most of the time!|
|Ellie all dressed and ready to go to the party!|
|Ellie and I before the event. Maggie helped me get a dress made in town.|
We went together to pick out material and then I had a tailor custom make the dress.
|Will's outfit for the event. Every man at the Introduction wore the same attire.|