Mary Lori Heral with her parents during her wedding ceremony in Begusarai, Bihar, India. Twitter photo
The news of a French woman marrying a Bihari was greeted with a lot of love by internet users as their wedding photos went viral on social networks.
Mary Lori Heral, who is a businesswoman in Paris, had come to India about six years ago and fell in love with her guide, Rakesh, a resident of Katharia village in Begusarai.
Rakesh, who was based in Delhi when the two met, kept in touch with her even after returning to Paris. During this time, they also confessed their love for each other over the phone.
Three years later, Mary asked Rakesh to move to Paris and start a textile business with her. After starting to work together, they got closer and decided to get married.
Rakesh’s father Ramchandra Sha said Mary was so impressed with Indian culture that she decided to come here and get married. After asking for the consent of both families, Mary and Rakesh got married on Sunday according to Hindu rituals. Members of Mary’s family, who came from France to attend the ceremony, congratulated the newlyweds.
The two families got together before “Jayamala,” a Hindu ritual, and also danced to Hindi and Bhojpuri songs after the wedding ceremony, Rakesh’s family said.
The ceremony was also attended by foreign guests who adored the culture of Bihar and happily participated in all Hindu rituals. They are now planning to stay here for a week.
According to Rakesh’s family, Mary wanted to get married in a small town like Begusarai because she liked Bihari customary practices. All arrangements and decisions for the ceremony were made by both families together.
The newly married couple will stay in India for a week and then return to Paris. Meanwhile, after the news of the interracial marriage broke, the villagers began to gather in large numbers to see the French bride.
Indo-Asian Information Service