Wednesday, December 27, 2006

Wedding by balloon, an Indian first!

Seasons greetings all, I'm sat trying to sort out a booking muddle for
tommorrow. I guess I'll be giving somebody the season of goodwill boot up
the backside when the office reopens again ;-)Good luck to the happy couple.

A wedding in a hot air balloon!

Jaipur is ready to witness India's first wedding in a hot air balloon around
100 feet above the ground, with a priest chanting mantras and performing
traditional rituals on board.

The ceremony, slated for Dec 29 or 30, will be held during Shubh Vivah, a
part of the ongoing Indian Festival of Thematic Art (IFTA) 2006.

Mumbai-based Entertainment 7, the organisers of the festival, has kept the
names of the couple a secret.

"The wedding will be the first of its kind in India. The names have been
kept secret to generate more excitement. The pair could be a celebrity,
foreigners or Indians. The names would be revealed only at the time of the
event," said Anoop Srivastava of Entertainment 7.

"We have ordered a special hot balloon for the wedding. It would be flagged
off with traditional music and with all the rituals of an Indian wedding,"
he said.

The IFTA Dec 23-31 festival will also screen 20 classic comedy films at a
special theatre.

Entertainment 7, an event management company, helps promote cultural
identity through films, events, trade fairs and exhibitions.

-- (IANS)

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