Chicago ‘il Thirumanam – by popular demand

People I personally know who frequent the blog have been asking – ‘So, where is the post on the Chicago Thirumanam’. I’ve been toying with the idea of writing it, but thought people would be bored to read it. But, if you are interested, go ahead and read this, or don’t.

 The Chicago thirumanam went off really well, to everyone’s happiness and satisfaction during the thanksgiving weekend. Yes, it’s now more than a month.

We tried very hard to keep it as close as possible to what it would have been in India. Of course, many of the specimens mentioned in this post, were definitely missing.

We had 2 sessions – the previous evening was the Nischyathartham/Reception. That was followed by the wedding ceremony the next morning.

The crowd was close to 100 people. Most women turned up in silk sarees, and wore the jewellery they had access to in the US. The reception desk at the entrance was unmanned, because there were few young girls in the crowd, and those that could have done it, found it odd to stand by the entrance. All the same, we had a plate full of colourful daisies and sugar or chocolates to sweeten the guest’s mouth as they entered.

In true desi style, like all other desi parties, everything was delayed by a minimum of one hour. Thankfully, the priest who was skilled at either reciting quickly or conveniently omitting the extra frills, managed to have the thali tied, 2 minutes before the end of the muhurtham. Thanks to starting so late, our guest were in time to witness the ceremony too, else we might have had a handful of people, 80% of who would have been white-american. The poor chaps had no idea about the Indian Stretchable Time concept I guess.

In preparation for the wedding, some of the interesting things we did were:

Welcome Board & Vethalai Paaku  bags – The welcome board was handcrafted in exquisite Red gift wrapping paper and adorned by gold glitter to display the names of the bride and groom. No place for the word ‘Welcome’ when I finished. We made sure it was displayed outside the mantapam on both days.

The vethalai Pakku bags were white paper bags. We used half-page labels to print out the bride and groom’s names with the date of the wedding and Thank you written. We had it done in marroon and blue (for women and men). The stickers then were easily applied to the bag. In all I have to admit, it looked very professional. What went inside the bag was- For the men, apple and Bakshanam(Karasev and laddu) bag. For the women, there was manjal, kumkum, apple, ravikai thuni(blouse piece) and a gift.

Bags and Board

Nischyathartham plates – Found $1 trays in the local dollar store. Filled them with an assortment of stuff and sealed and tied them with Cling wrap and red and gold ribbon.

Nischyathartham thattus

Vratha Bakshanam – More $1 trays from dollar store.  No Kai-Murukku experts here, so managed Mul-Murukku in large sizes, Nukkal, Therati paal (from Ricotta cheese), Om-podi, Appam, and bought out Laddu and Mysore Pak.

Vratha Bakshanams

So, that in brief is a little of what happened those two days.


13 thoughts on “Chicago ‘il Thirumanam – by popular demand

  1. Me

    kalakals…Indiaku photos lam amicheengala….appidiya impress aazhirpaangalay….

    Bakshanam lam Sooper…ladduku minnadi plate la enna irukku??

    & what is nukkal??

    & on the mens bag was it karasev or kara sevai?
    [elmicha sevai, ellu sevai, coconut sevai kelvi pattu iruken….kara sevai idhu varaikum kelvi padala]

    & welcome board la ponnu peru dhaney first varum…yes? no?

    …idhulam too much nu ennakay theriyum…irundhaalum..oorvambu yaara vittudhu…:)))

    Rekha: In response –
    India ku innum photos anuppalae. Waiting for the professional photographer’s pics so that I can upload everything together.
    Laddu ku minnadi – Appam and Theratti Paal(in jar). Adhukku pinnadi irukardhu thaan Nukkal
    Nukkal – funny nothing turns up on google. Well, Nukkal is actually cashews fried and then mixed with sugar syrup. So, it ends up as cashews covered with a white crust of sugar.
    In the men’s bag, it was karasev (oops, should have spelt it better i guess)
    Welcome board lae ponnu paeru first, if ponnu side arranges it. Because we made it, payyan paeru first.

    Kalyanathlae Oorvambu illadha koraya neengae theethivechitaenga.. Thank you 😀

  2. Me

    Welcome board lae ponnu paeru first, if ponnu side arranges it. Because we made it, payyan paeru first.…rotfl…

    & thanks for the clarification on nukkal…

  3. Haha.. Ippo thaan we have finally got over the bakshanams. We had reached a point when we could have run from a sweet for miles.
    Maami.. Thaambulam Bagu thaanae.. Kudutha Pochu. Indhango!

  4. Jai

    interesting, do post more about the ceremony with some more pictures… Hmmm nee ivlo responsible ponna sollave illa – anyways congrats everything looks professionally designed and well presented…

    Rekha: Hehe.. I was always responsible. Ippdi padam potu publish pannina thaan elarkum theriyardhu aana 😀

  5. Jai

    BTW, forgot to ask you – Photosla irukka murukku – neeye sutta murukka illena kadaila sutta murukka…
    Rekha: Yes.. Na pannina murukkuu thaan.

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