Indian weddings are known for their colorfulness and grandiosity. They include a whole load of traditions which both meaningful and fun. This article is limited to the traditions of North Indian Hindu wedding ceremonies since Indian weddings last for weeks and thus it is impossible to cover them all. Below are some of the prominent and compulsory wedding rituals followed by North Indians.
The Wedding Attire
If you have seen an Indian bride, then you might understand why the wedding attire needs a paragraph of its own. Brides wear either a sari or a lehenga, which is designed with silver or gold embroidery. The color of the bride’s attire is usually red, since it represents fertility and prosperity. The bride also wears many expensive ornaments and accessories. In some states, this includes a veil as well.
Haldi is a holy bath in which married women apply turmeric (Haldi), water and oil on both the bride and the groom. During the Mehendi ceremony, the bride’s legs hands and feet are covered with beautiful henna designs. It is believed that the deeper the color of the henna the stronger the groom’s love is. The ‘Sageet’ is a function of entertainment in which the bride’s side dances for wedding ceremony music. The main purpose of this tradition is for the member of both families to be familiar with each other.
The Wedding Ceremony
It is usually held at the bride’s home, a temple or in a wedding hall. The groom is usually arrives at the venue one back of a horse or elephant. The bride and groom exchange garlands. It is said that whoever puts the garland first will have more control over their partner in their marriage life. These are followed by various religious customs and rituals performed to wedding ceremony music performed by traditional Indian music instruments. After what it feels like a century, the groom ties the mangalasurtam, which officially makes them a married couple.
No. It ain’t over yet! The bride is sometimes carried in a doli (palanquin) to the groom’s house. Before entering her new home, the couple is greeted with Aarthi to cast out all evil eyes and spirits. Then the bride topples a pot of rice (kalash) with her right leg. This is done to bring hope and positivity to the house along with the bride.
Though following and completing all these rituals and customs may sound extremely tiresome and maybe boring, these traditions are actually filled with color, vibrancy and fun.