An Indian wedding is all about colors, rich culture, customs and festivities that has been bestowed on us by our ancestors and have existed for hundreds of years. The rituals are so strong that we still follow them in India. Let’s begin. Shall we?
- The Holy Date also known as the “Shubh Muhurat” – Most people struggle to decided when will their wedding be. Spring wedding or summer wedding, wedding on the beach or in a resort? But here in India couples let the stars and planets decided when and where. This ofcourse is done with the help of a spiritual guru who looks at the couple’s zodiac signs to find out the perfect time and place to ensure a prosperous marriage.
- The wedding attire – Unlike most of the countries, our Indian brides trade their “Something White” for “Something Red”. Yes, the Indian tradition calls for a bright colour sari or lehenga embellished with gold and silver details which symbolises spirituality and fertility.
- Mehendi also known as Henna – It has beautified Indian women for thousands of years. It does not only have the cosmetic value but also herbal and medicinal value to it. In this part of the wedding ceremony women come together and prepare powdered henna mixed with lemon and water to make a fine paste which is then applied on the hands and feet of the bride to create paisley and floral patterns. It is believed that the darker the brides mehendi, the stronger her marriage will be.
- Haldi Ceremony – It’s a symbol of good luck where a day before the wedding relatives come together and apply turmeric paste on the grooms and brides body. Of course in two respective venues as the couple is not allowed to see each other. Apart from cleansing the skin, the paste is believed to ward off evil spirit and provide healing properties.
- Mandap – Finally the wait gets over the and the bride and groom see each other at the holy madap which stands firm on four pillars which represents strength of the holy matrimony and the blessings of their parents.
- Holy Fire also know as Agni – The couple then has to take seven rounds around the holy agni and recite the pledge of marriage. Agni is suppose to be the witness to the ceremony.
- Mangalsutra – Heard of the term “Tying the knot”? Well in Indian tradition it means what it means. The groom ties a holy thread made of beeds around his brides neck to claim the marriage and the bride continues to wear it throughout her life to show her marital status.
- Vidaai/ Bidding farewell – An emotional moment where the bride has to say goodbye to her family and friends to start a new life with her husband. While leaving she takes a handful of rice and throws it backwards over her head to show thanks and pay homage to her parents.