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Sunday, May 12, 2013

Bhutanese community celebrates in South King County

Basubha Rizal, in blue, helps her aunt Hemlata Pokhrel of Tukwila, Wash., adjust her veil at the alter during her wedding ceremony at Pabla Punjabi Palace in SeaTac, Wash. Sunday, May 12, 2013. Members of the Nepali-speaking, Bhutanese community celebrated Pokhrel's marriage to Sashi Dhakal, of Adelaide, Australia, in the Hindu faith and tradition. The couple met while attending school in the refugee camps in Nepal. Around 2,290 Bhutanese have been resettled in Washington state since 2008, with majority living in South King County, Everett and Spokane, said Birendra Khadka, an International Rescue Community caseworker. The bride and groom wore garlands of cedar. Back in Bhutan, couples wear garlands of cypress.