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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

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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.

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