A Hindu and a Jewish woman have made history by tying the knot. It is believed to be Britain’s first interfaith lesbian wedding. Kalavati Mistry, of Leicester, and Miriam Jefferson, Texas got married 20 years after falling for each other on a training course.
When interviewed by DailyMail, Kalavati said, “Once I told my friends and family a few years ago, they were very warm, welcoming and embracing to Miriam, which is very important.”
“Although attitudes are changing at the moment, it was very difficult to find a priest.”
Kalavati defined the difficulties that she faced. She said many priests were warm and welcoming and said they’d like to conduct the wedding. But they said that their association wouldn’t allow it. Kalavati is now grateful that they could do this, finally. She wanted to follow Hinduism and some Jewish traditions.
Their happy union after so many years was special for many personal reasons. It was also unlike any other wedding day in British history. This was to be the very first interfaith Lesbian wedding ever to be recorded in the UK.
The besotted couple tied the knot in a beautiful and traditional Hindu ceremony at the Chutney Ivy restaurant in Leicester. Both ladies wore embroidered red and white bridal clothes and were decorated with flower garlands and ‘Mangala sutra’ necklaces.
The committed couple has already had a Jewish wedding ceremony in San Antonio, Texas, but wanted a Hindu ceremony too so as to ‘complete’ them.
Miriam recalled her emotions during the uniquely romantic day:
The wedding was wonderful.
I got to spend the whole day with someone that I adore and love and want to spend my entire life with.
I was surrounded by people I’ve known my entire life, and people who have recently embraced me as their own.
It’s a pretty wonderful thing to celebrate.
Source – unilad.co.uk, dailyhunt.in, dailymail.co.uk