The modern ritual of wedding involves bouquet tossing, the white dress, the bridesmaids, etc; however, in some cultures, the traditional wedding with old customs remain prevalent. Wedding traditions of each country has it’s own distinct attributes. Indian weddings are especially known for their notable and unique characteristics from the colorful attire to Mehendi/ Henna. In this article, let explore some of the traditional wedding customs that make Indian weddings so special.
The traditional Indian weddings last three days, with Misri takes place several days well before the actual wedding day. In which, the marrying couple exchanges prayers, flower garlands and gold rings while the groom’s parents give the bride with a basket of gifts and misri (rock sugar), which represent sweetness in the future.
The Sangeet party can be held separately or combined with the Mehendi ceremony which is the celebration for the family members of the bride and groom (or just the women) getting together for song and dance.
The Mehendi ceremony takes place one day before the actual wedding with the participants of only women in which intricate patterns are drawn on their hands and feet with mehendi/ henna which designs signify a deep bond between the husband and wife. Sometimes, the Mehendi ceremony is combined with Sagri.
The Haldi ceremony is held on the morning of the wedding, in which, both sides of the family spread a mixture of oil, water and turmeric over the bride and groom as the act of blessing the couple efore the wedding.
In traditional Indian weddings, the ceremony takes place under a Mandap, which is a four-pillared canopy decorated with bright colors.
During the wedding ceremony, the brother of the bride pours rice into her hands, with the groom’s hands cupped below hers, and then the sacred fire underneath.