Tuesday, November 9, 2010
A few weeks ago I finally attended a Wedding Meeting for friends at KIU. I'd been asked countless times to go to one of these weekly meetings for several different people I've known getting married here. In Kenyan culture at least, people in the community give money to couples to pay help them pay for their weddings. Because people are here in University, they don't really have neighbors from their village giving as much. So, there's a wedding committee at our church! It's actually a really neat idea. People help each other out so much here. They help them make arrangements, and they organize transportation for people to travel to the wedding and where people will stay, etc. I'd honestly been avoiding the meetings, not knowing what to expect. I finally went one week and was SO pleasantly surprised. I had a blast! Incredibly confused at first, but thankfully one of my friends was sitting next to me happily explaining what was going on. It felt more like a sort of auction than a meeting...but there wasn't anything being auctioned. First off, the seats were full, but someone said "I will sell my seat for 500UGX (~$0.25)" as I was walking up. They told me to sit down and put 500UGX in the bag that was going around. People kept calling out what seemed like nonsense to me. Things like "minus 1kUGX (~$0.50) Becky's account" and "give me 200UGX (~$0.10) to feel if there's anything inside of this box". Basically it's just a time to goof around in a fun way to raise money for someone's wedding. I finally figured most of it all out, and decided to give it a try. I called over the moderator and told him that I was putting in 1kUGX for everyone to stand up. Luckily Harrison did not announce that I was the one who did it (though my friend Ivy was the one who told me that was one thing that people do say) because people were not too happy that they all had to stand up. In order to sit down, they all had to pay 200UGX. Ivy looked at me and said something like "who did that???" I just stared at her and finally she figured it out. HA. By the end of the night I was just sitting there cracking up at the things that people were saying and doing. On the way out they just ask that you would give whatever you want into the bag. That way it's much more secretive as to who gave what, which I very much appreciate as a person who strives to not let my left hand know what my right hand is doing. If on the off chance you ever have the chance to attend one of these meetings, I would highly suggest doing so. It's great entertainment and you are not put out too much.