Marriage #1

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© Gijs Bekenkamp
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UploadedJune 16, 2009
TakenFebruary 24, 2009
MakeNikon Corporation
ModelNIKON D300
Exposure1/100 sec at f/8
FlashNo Flash
Focal Length70 mm
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These young girls from Bakhtapur, Nepal are about to get married.

But don't you worry it isn't a real marriage they are getting into.

It's more like a trial marriage. Girls have two of these trial marriages before they are really getting married at a mature age.

The girls are being dressed up in the most exuberant clothes and in these clothes they are parading through town.

Ohhh and that plant that they are holding, that's there trial husband!

46 responses

  • Regenia Brabham

    Regenia Brabham (Deleted) gave props (16 Jun 2009):

    This is a fantastic shot!! I hope they have green thumbs!

  • Swapnil Acharya

    Swapnil Acharya (Deleted) said (16 Jun 2009):

    That's great. thanks for sharing this pic. I'm from Nepal but never attended any of these "weddings."

  • Julie García

    Julie García (Deleted) gave props (16 Jun 2009):

    nice perspective! interesting theme.

  • Mike Marcotte

    Mike Marcotte (Deleted) gave props (19 Jun 2009):

    Fine photo. Great work.

  • Quenby Sheree

    Quenby Sheree said (7 Jul 2009):

    Beautiful. Yes from me.

  • Tim Narraway

    Tim Narraway said (8 Jul 2009):

    great clarity

  • Aaron Schwartz

    Aaron Schwartz gave props (16 Jul 2009):

    Fabulous. What great colours! Perfect. Got my vote.

  • rory cobbe

    rory cobbe gave props (17 Jul 2009):

    so much going on

  • Sam Rothstein

    Sam Rothstein said (8 Aug 2009):

    stunning capture

  • John Linton

    John Linton gave props (15 Oct 2009):


  • F Lee

    F Lee (Deleted) said (21 Oct 2009):

    The story is great! Interesting culture. As a man, I'd like a trial marriage! But the capture is AMAZING! Colors, DOF, and composition, AMAZING!

  • did R

    did R said (24 Feb 2010):

    very nice picture.

  • Michelle Tims

    Michelle Tims gave props (10 Mar 2010):

    Wow amazing colors and the girls are beautiful!

  • Leanne Silva

    Leanne Silva gave props (10 Mar 2010):

    Fascinating picture and story! I was really worried until I read that the plant is the "trial husband"!

  • Autumn Letters

    Autumn Letters (Deleted) gave props (11 Mar 2010):

    So neat, and this is such a gorgeous image!

  • Liz El

    Liz El said (11 Mar 2010):

    The colors and composition are beautiful!

  • Dwayne John

    Dwayne John gave props (12 Mar 2010):

    Great shot. Definitely got my vote.

  • Russ Wills

    Russ Wills gave props (12 Mar 2010):

    Incredible shot!

  • Jeremy Maughan

    Jeremy Maughan gave props (14 Mar 2010):

    Such power form this shoot. Almost perfect.

  • Sierra Rose

    Sierra Rose said (14 Mar 2010):

    it's so awesome how you can learn and see what's going on in different cultures through pictures :)

  • Sierra Rose

    Sierra Rose gave props (14 Mar 2010):

    oh and i voted! :D

  • Daniel Mueller

    Daniel Mueller gave props (15 Mar 2010):

    Wow!! Great picture and background. Nepal is the country I most want to visit.

  • Lon Casler Bixby

    Lon Casler Bixby   gave props (15 Mar 2010):

    Beautiful... luv the DOF, composition and Colors - well done - Voted ;o)

  • Claire Organ

    Claire Organ gave props (16 Mar 2010):

    Stunning. Great colours. Well done!

  • asim pyakurel

    asim pyakurel said (18 Mar 2010):

    gr8 nepalese too living in dubai....isnt this bell biha festival??

  • Giovanni O.

    Giovanni O. gave props (18 Mar 2010):

    great shot!

  • Nicole Lee

    Nicole Lee said (18 Mar 2010):

    Great shot, great color! Voted!

  • asim pyakurel

    asim pyakurel said (19 Mar 2010):

    well ..bell is the fruit .the girls are married to this bell.i dont know what that fruit is called in english.its leaves are offered to lord shiva.

    young virgin girls are married before their teens .its done before they had their first periods.this festival is only done by newars( the original local people of kathmandu).

  • Mykola Swarnyk

    Mykola Swarnyk gave props (20 Mar 2010):

    Super! Good for the theme! And what a color!

  • Gijs Bekenkamp

    Gijs Bekenkamp said (21 Mar 2010):

    Fantastic Asim, thanks for adding that information!

  • Debraj Bhattacharya

    Debraj Bhattacharya gave props (24 Mar 2010):

    hah ha...voted..

  • Winky Vivas

    Winky Vivas (Deleted) gave props (27 Mar 2010):

    Outstanding entry for the theme! You have my vote...

  • Lara  K. Spencer

    Lara K. Spencer (Deleted) gave props (31 Mar 2010):


  • David Eastham

    David Eastham gave props (16 Apr 2010):

    Brilliant image. You have my vote!

  • Julien Maury

    Julien Maury gave props (19 Apr 2010):

    superbe shot.!! my vote.!

  • Fabio Ferreira

    Fabio Ferreira said (19 Apr 2010):

    great shot, I like theire sad expresions

  • Ela Lukasik Eperjesi

    Ela Lukasik Eperjesi said (25 Apr 2010):

    Love it

  • Lachlan Cox

    Lachlan Cox gave props (3 May 2010):


  • Michaela K.

    Michaela K. gave props (19 May 2010):


  • Marie Wengler

    Marie Wengler gave props (21 May 2010):

    Great, great, great ...

  • Paul Lavallee

    Paul Lavallee gave props (24 May 2010):

    Back to vote!

  • ! Mario Scattoloni ¡

    ! Mario Scattoloni ¡ gave props (18 Jun 2010):

    Perfect in every sense. The tones & colours R outstanding. Another Great image.

  • Kelly W

    Kelly W said (22 Jun 2010):

    Oh my gosh, this is beautiful. It's breathtaking! You have great images.

  • Kathleen Kirchner

    Kathleen Kirchner gave props (30 Jul 2010):

    voted, Gijs!

  • Pedro Teixeira

    Pedro Teixeira gave props (10 Aug 2011):

    Adorable!Good job!

  • Paula Eytcheson

    Paula Eytcheson gave props (30 Oct 2013):


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