The couple’s hands are soaked in the conch shell containing water, followed by wishes of good luck.
The parents, close friends, as well as other selected guests will also proceed to follow and soak the newlyweds’ hands.
In setting the date for the wedding, an astrologer is usually consulted regarding the auspicious day for the ceremony, which is usually held in August.
On the evening before the ceremony, the couple must pay respect to their ancestors in a Buddhist ceremony officiated by nine invited monks.
Sally Benson herself worked on what became a 198 page treatment written with Doris Gilbert between March 30 and May 9, 1942.