June is a traditional time for weddings, and a good time to share a pair of new books. These two titles depict wedding traditions from India, with a special focus on roles children can play in the celebrations.
A Day I Remember: An Indian Wedding by Prodeepta Das
This is a day that Swayam will always remember: he’s going to be “Markundi”, the boy who keeps the bridegroom (his uncle) company through the wedding preparations.
Sona and the Wedding Game by Kashmira Sheth
Sona is excited about attending her first Indian wedding, especially since her sister is the bride, but when she learns that tradition requires her to steal the groom’s shoes during the ceremony she must ask her annoying little cousin, Vishal, for help.
(I first heard about this custom when my brother told me about attending his college roommate’s wedding!)