Today we went to a wedding introduction - a sort of traditional Ugandan engagement party. This is when the family of the bride officially accepts the proposal and receives the dowry. It's quite a party, spanning almost an entire day, including as many guests as you can possibly afford to invite. Lots of dressing up in your finest traditional outfit (me included), dancing and eating and more dancing (no, not me included - hell has yet to experience its first days of freezing).
Today dowry comes in all kinds of flavors, ranging from bare necessities like 50 kg bags of rise, a leg of a cow, crates and more crates of sodas to the more outrageous showoffs like cars, houses and what have you. Only the brides family receives dowry. The introduction we went to today was not an ordinary one, as it was done for the maid of the house. These gestures are rarely seen here, where the big-fish-eat-little-fish mentality dominates.
I thank my Ugandan friends for allowing me to participate in this event.