Sunday, March 7, 2021

A golden anniversary

Reading Time: 2 minutesMIRA SAMRA’s summary of her grandparents’ 50th wedding anniversary

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A crowd of about 120 people gathered at the Northbridge Golf Club in Sydney on the evening of Saturday February 22 to celebrate the golden wedding anniversary of my grandparents Harjeet and Mandhir Randhawa. It was as if the God’s were also showering their blessings from the Heavens above as it turned out to be a beautiful evening with a soft breeze blowing creating the perfect atmosphere for a great celebration.

A more befitting venue could not have been chosen to mark 50 years of married bliss for the couple. Days leading to this celebration, relatives and friends had been flying in from as far as New York, Canada, Singapore and Malaysia.

The evening began with pre-dinner drinks in the beautiful garden overlooking the Middle Harbour and the city beyond. It all looked so tranquil in the setting sun and as the guests walked over the red carpet that has been specially laid out for the evening, they were in awe of the beautiful surroundings that had been chosen for this celebration.

The theme for the evening was ‘The romantic 60’s’, and the couple had gone to great lengths to select special music from that era to be played during the evening. As the songs from that by-gone era, sifted through the air, the guests reminisced and some hummed along. After about an hour all the guests began to slowly make their way inside where a fairy tale atmosphere awaited them. Everything from the table settings, the golden chair backs to the candles had been carefully selected to make for a magical setting. The couple walked in to a special rendering of an old Hindi number, Janam Janam Ka Saath Hai.

The couple’s 17-year-old grandson Ajai who had accepted their request to be the MC for the night did a great job. Then there was a video presentation of some family photos which had been painstakingly put together by my grandparents. They had sifted through many old albums for this presentation and there were many ‘oohs’ and ‘ahs’ and laughter rang out as those present recognised some in the photographs and commented on the hairdo’s and clothing of the past decades. There were some short speeches by members of the family which recalled what they could remember of the couple’s wedding 50 years earlier. The couple then took turns to speak and thank everyone present for attending and making it a memorable evening for them. They especially thanked their three children Hareen, Brijinder and Param and their spouses who were present, for the time they had input in planning of the celebration. This was followed by the couple cutting the cake cutting and another performance. Speeches over, everyone took to the floor and danced the night away.

It was truly a night to remember and one that was a celebration of 50 golden years of a very special couple’s marriage, my grandparents, the mood for which was created by their many friends and relatives.

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