Two wedding celebrations reveal strength of tradition

Happy Chinese New Year!

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Some weddings are richer than others, as the photo below makes clear.

Although it was only last month that I wrote about the prevalence of streets closed to accommodate weddings and other special events, I couldn’t resist demonstrating again the gap between the wealthy and the wanting.

On an hour’s walk between two Phnom Penh neighborhoods, I was struck by how different were the two tented shelters shown here.

To call modest this celebration in an alley amid dust and the rumble of passing traffic would be a gross exaggeration.

To call modest this celebration in an alley amid dust and clattering traffic would be gross exaggeration.

What the smaller party says to me is that the tradition remains to the extent affordable of seriously commemorating the love that two individuals have for each other as well as their hopes for living a long and happy life together.

We can only hope along with them.

E-mail: malcolmncarter@gmail.com

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