Indian Wedding Traditions & Customs
One of the reasons we love weddings so much is that they're typically full of rituals. In fact, cultural elements are often what make them so special and meaningful. One such ceremony that you might not be so familiar with? An Indian Wedding Traditions. Whether you're invited as a guest, attending as a member of the wedding party, or are simply curious, there are a few of the Indian wedding traditions and rituals you should expect to see. Indian wedding outfits are elaborate and stunning, and especially for brides. That's because Indian wedding dresses are typically quite colorful—not to mention enrich with amazing beading and embroidery. Indian weddings are traditionally multi-day affairs, and involve many twisted ceremonies.
So, in honor of its beautiful wedding practices, we're spotlighting 10 of the most popular Hindu and Indian Wedding Traditions out there :-
1.) Wedding Date Finalize
Before the wedding, an auspicious time known as the “muhurta” is fixed for the event. Using the bride and groom's dates of birth, astrologists calculate the position of planets and stars to reflect the ethereal union of the couple.
2.) Sangeet Party
Prior to the actual the wedding, there's a Pre-Party called the sangeet where family comes together to sing, dance and celebrate in the joy of the upcoming union. Family members even give performances. The bride's family sings a traditional folk song to the groom's family to welcome them.
During the mehendi ceremony, which takes place in Indian weddings, Henna is used to apply intricate designs to the bride's hands and feet. The mehendi ceremony usually takes place one day before the marriage will be held, as the application can take hours.
4.) Haldi Ceremony
On the morning of the wedding, the bride and groom apply haldi, a yellow turmeric paste, onto themselves for good luck. The paste is believed to prevent evil spirits and provide powerful healing properties.
Once the bride walks down the passage, she and the groom sit underneath a pavilion adorned with common Indian wedding decorations: flowers, drapes, and lights. Symbolizing growth and well-being, the mandap is a sacred structure under which Hindu ceremonies are held. Each pillar is believed to represent the couple's parents whose love, blessings, and support made the wedding happen.
6.) Lighting the Holy Fire
An Indian couple pledges their vows around the agni, a holy fire that acts as a witness to the ceremony. The bride and groom take seven steps around the blaze.
In Hindu weddings, The groom ties a "holy thread", made with black, red, and white beads and tie through a black or yellow string, around his bride's neck to distinguish her as a married woman. The bride continues to wear the mangalsutra even after her wedding day to represent her marital status.
8.) Hiding the Shoes
In the popular Indian wedding game Jutti Chupai, bridesmaids steal and hide the groom's shoes just before the wedding ceremony begins. Once the ceremony is over, the groom looks for his missing pair while the maids or saalis, look on at his failed attempts. Eventually, they ask the groom for a sum of money in exchange for his shoes.
9.) Jai Mala Ceremony
This is the part of the ceremony during which the bride and groom exchange floral garlands. This expresses the desire of the couple to marry each other. In the U.S., the ring ceremony usually follows.
10.) Bidding Farewell
Not all brides leave the shrine with a cheery smile. At Indian weddings, the newlywed says her goodbyes during the Vidaai ceremony, a tearful event in which the bride officially leaves her home and family to start a life with her new husband. She then takes handfuls of rice to throw over her head to show thanks and pay homage to her parents.
The Final Say!
In the contrast with Indian Wedding Traditions And Customs, the simple wedding customs seem one-of-a-kind. We hope this list by our team helps you to get a good idea as to what a Indian wedding constitutes of. Book your wedding with Rajasthan Royal Weddings.