Weather Forecast

Laxman Basnet presents wedding gifts to Ram Thapaliya and Madhavi Regmi during their Bhutanese wedding reception ceremony Monday. (David Samson / Forum News Service)

For Bhutanese, arranged marriage still common


FARGO — In a steamy apartment rich with the smell of curry, a pair of newlyweds sat on a loveseat Monday afternoon, accepting gifts and blessings in the Hindu tradition.

Well-wishers stuck tika — a mix of red powder, rice and yogurt — to the couple’s foreheads and sprinkled dried flower petals onto their laps.

The groom, Ram Thapaliya, and his bride, Madhavi Regmi, both Bhutanese refugees, sat quietly and smiled as their friends and family looked on.

Are you a newspaper subscriber but you don't have a Digital Access account yet?

You will need your subscription account number and phone number. Not sure if you have an account? Email us at and we can help you.

Forum News Service
The Forum Communications News Service is the premier news wire service covering the Upper Midwest, stretching from the oilfields of western North Dakota to the plains of South Dakota and to the shores of eastern Minnesota. For more information about the services we offer or to discuss content subscriptions, please contact us.