The Big Indian Wedding!
Indian weddings are pure bliss to your wardrobe, appetite, and moods. Where the tons of rituals start a month before the wedding, your hunger gets feeds the correct way. While many stay ablaze, many can actually bring the feeling of togetherness all over again. Marriages unite families, hearts, and peoples. Marriages are both ubiquitous and central. There are all shades of colors you could possibly name, and then there are celebrations and ceremonies that go on and on like forever, and you ask if it gets tiring? Here’s the list of all the wedding traditions that Indians follow like a pro!
Misri is celebrated days before marriage where the grooms exchanges flowers, cards and gold rings with the bride’s family. The groom’s parents too bring loads of gifts for the bride as well with the key component- misri (rock sugar), to add their blessings for sweetness their entire married life. The sister of the groom places a red scarf or dupatta over the bride’s head, feeds her sweets and places five different types of fruits on her lap. The couple is allowed to court after this ceremony.
Before marriage, both the families celebrate the Haldi function, where people spread oil, water and turmeric over bride and groom. The celebration takes place differently- for groom at his residence and for bride at her residence. It is also said that the couple are not allowed to meet after haldi till they are married.
Sangeet is the most exciting and fun event among all the rituals. This party can be a stand-alone event, or be connected with the Mehendi ceremony. The Sangeet is a celebration where both families get together to sing and dance. Sometimes they even form competition between the two families. Many people restrict the celebration only to the women but many do participate openly. People dance all night and enjoy the celebration by wearing colorful party dresses. Personally if asked, then sangeet is my favourite amongst all!
Only the women of the house participate in this celebration. Where bride and grooms have henna imprinted on their hands and feet adorned by intricate designs. The ritual is so closely associated with the people that no matter what, they never skip this celebration. Apart from the couple, guests are also welcomed to apply henna on their hands by providing different artists for the same. The colour of the henna signifies the bond between the bride and the groom.
There’s nothing more amazing than the Indians attire for wedding. From the grooms perfect flaunting ‘sherwani’ to the bride’s colorful deeply entrenched with the colour red ‘lehenga’ are the pure treat to your eyes. An Indian bride adhering to tradition will wear a 16-piece outfit that includes makeup, jewellery, and clothes. The most recognizable is the Mangtikka, a jewel worn on the forehead. The colour of their dresses are highly dedicated to the religion they belong to. Take for instance, a Hindu family will go with the red colour, whereas the Muslims will go with the colour green and if you are a Christian, white is your colour.
These final celebrations also depend on the religion one belong to. Muslims like to take it easy by just having a simple procedure of reciting “Qubool hai” three times and signing the papers. While if you are Hindu, there’s a list of final rituals like from ‘var mala’ to ‘phere’, there’s a lot to experience. First the bride and groom exchange garlands with each other thus performing ‘var mala’. After that the “sphere” starts where they walk around the fire thus completing their seven vows. Once this is finished, the groom puts Vermilion on the bride’s forehead following by tying a ‘mangalsutra’ around her neck thus completing the marriage. The rituals aren’t limited to these only, but each tribe, each caste, each religion and by every proximity- the customs changes according to the beliefs of the people.
After the marriage is completed. It’s a custom that the bride’s sister steals the groom’s shoes and demands a pay in the exchange. This one is most celebrated and loved by every girl. Even the parents enjoy this system. One fun thing about this which fascinates me the most is that the pay depends upon what the sister demands for, no bargaining.
A wedding is the most celebrated thing which we all await. Not just for our own but especially of our friends and cousins- to enjoy long DJ and everlasting delicacies. The bright colou]rs, sprinkling good atmosphere, laughs and smiles, Indian weddings are a complete package in itself only. Maybe that’s why people from far come to India to get the wedding they always dreamed of.