Andrew and Fiona celebrated their Kwanjula on November 25th.
View of beautiful Kampala from the deck of the Cassia Lodge.
Lake Victoria is in the background.
Xandi & Baby, Laura Capp and Fiona
On the chosen date the bride's family gathers first.
Here are some of Fiona's friends and relatives.
Then Andrew's friends gathered.
Andrew with the many gifts that he gives to Fiona's family.
Notice the basket with 5 chickens!
There is a traditional Mutwalo, bride price, required. It may involve a number of cows or simply a Bible. It depends on the family. There are also other items that are required. These baskets, Bibos (covered in netting above) contain all sorts of things: fruits and vegetables, bread (a good number of loaves), sugar, salt, soap, paraffin, cooking oil, curry powder, sugar and a host of related items.
Andrew's group had to seek permission to enter from one of Fiona's family representatives who gave them a really hard time. Sometimes they require a bribe!
Andrew's side coming in to the party. His tent is set up opposite Fiona's.
Xandi acted as his sister and Judson as his brother.
Here are Andrew's friends bringing in all the gifts.
So far Fiona wasn't even allowed in the celebration. She missed about half of everything and stayed in a room off to the side.
Part 2 to follow shortly.