Friday, June 27, 2008

Christmas Island

Christmas Island was our first exposure to a Muslim community. The mosque is located near the harbor, and we enjoyed hearing sonorous chants calling the faithful to prayer in early morning and evening, as well as several times during the day. A photo of the mosque is included. We had the privilege of attending some of the festivities of a Malay Muslim wedding taking place on Christmas Island. A young teacher in the school married one of the stevedores. These photos show the bride waiting for the groom; the groom and his entourage walking toward the bride’s home; the grooms representatives bargaining with the bride’s representatives to reach an agreement that would let the groom enter; and the bride and groom receiving martial art demonstrations from their guests.