Belfast Telegraph

Monday 20 October 2014

President best man at mass wedding

Bolivia's President Evo Morales delivers a speech during a traditional Andean indigenous mass wedding in La Paz (AP)

About 350 couples in Bolivia have been married according to Indian customs and traditions in a colourful Andean mass wedding with President Evo Morales presiding as best man.

The ceremony was held at a colosseum in La Paz, the capital, that was adorned with large white flowers and indigenous banners. Several bands serenaded the couples.

Indian religious leaders presided over the wedding as did symbolically Pachamama - the earth deity of the Aymara and Quechua races of Bolivia's highlands Indians.

Mr Morales gave a speech to the couples, who crowded the arena's floor wearing multicoloured native ponchos and hats.

Before the ceremony, each couple married in a civil ceremony.

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