The Chutney Ivy restaurant in Leicester, United Kingdom, witnessed a different kind of marriage. A Hindu woman tied knot to her Jewish soulmate on Saturday and it is believed to be the first interfaith lesbian wedding in the country.
Earlier this year the two, Kalavati Mistry and Miriam Jefferson, had a Jewish wedding in San Antonio, Texas, and it is learned both will return to the US and life there. Both are currently working for an interfaith organization.
The 48-year-old Hindu woman said she had kept her sexuality a secret for years as she was an Asian and being a lesbian is not easily accepted by the community. Her household was very traditional and valued culture as well as traditions.
The two met each other about 20 years ago on a training course in America, but Kalavati revealed about her relationship to her parents just few years ago. The strictly religious family accepted the so-called odd wedding in their culture and it became difficult to find a Hindu priest to conduct the ceremony.
Kalavati said, “My family have embraced Miriam very well… It’s really nice to now have a Hindu wedding here, because it brings both of use together ”
In Saturday’s wedding both the women wore traditional red and white bridal colors, fresh garlands and mangala sutra necklace.
Miriam said, “It’s really nice to now have a Hindu wedding here, because it brings both of us together and completes both of us in my eyes.”
She added saying that the wedding was wonderful.