I was invited to a Shan wedding up on the border with China when I was in Myanmar recently. I wasn’t sure foreigners were allowed in this part of newly opened country and indeed there were some issues with immigration officials both ways. But it was worth it, even 24 hours on a bus, to spend two days in the home of Shan people and attend this interesting event.

It was a Christian wedding so there were a lot of points of reference and crossover but some differences too. For example the bride and groom get ready in the same house and arrive in the same vehicle.

Arrival together in the family's white van decked out with flowers.

Arrival together in the family’s white van decked out with flowers.

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