The first professional female surfing athlete in India (Part 1)

Not only helping coastal children improve their survival skills, Ishita Malaviya also wants to change the negative view of surfing for women.

Ishita Malaviya (from Mumbai) defies the objections of her parents and those around her to become the first female surfing athlete in India.

She now runs the surf club Shaka Surf and a camp called Namaloha on the coast of Karnataka, India. In addition, she is the image ambassador for surfing fashion brand Roxy.

Ishita Malaviya became the inspiration for many Indian women

In the face of gender discrimination in India, girls do not have too many perks for themselves nor are they legally protected. The fact that a girl is wearing a bikini and surfing in the middle of the sea is a strange and strange image to Indian people.

Malaviya’s journey inspired many women in India – who are victims of sexism – to dare to fight and fulfill their dreams.

From a student journalism to a surfing athlete

Ishita Malaviya started her passion for surfing in 2007 when he was inspired by a German exchange student. She was then a journalism student at Manipal University.

In 2011, when he realized that the sport was too little known in India, Malaviya formed a surfing club called Shaka Surf with her boyfriend. At that time, her club was one of the first surfing organizations in India.

The Shaka Surf Club operates mainly in the village of Kodi Bengre – on the coast of Konkan – where many fishermen work as fishermen.

The Indian girl founded a surfing club to share her passion for the sport

Although it is a fishing village, many fishermen and children cannot swim. Therefore, Malaviya brought surfing to Kodi Bengre with the desire to help children and people here improve their survival skills when living near the sea.

At first, many people were afraid of exposing their children to a new and somewhat dangerous sport. However, after a lot of advocacy efforts, some parents also agreed to let their children follow Malaviya to learn how to swim and surf.

Despite the differences in languages ​​spoken by people in the Kannada dialect, Malaviya and the children try to understand each other in English in combination with body language.

Amazing Indian wedding tradition (part 2)

Mangalsultra

In the Hindu tradition, instead of exchanging wedding rings, the groom ties around the bride’s neck a mangalsultra with three knots which is a necklace with two gold pendants to signify a strong bonding for 100 years.

Colors

Vibrant colors such as red, gold, orange and burgundy fill all the space is the most remarkable parts of Indian weddings which is found on the attire, the flowers and decoration.

Attire

According to the traditional customs, the bride will wear Solah Shringar which is a 16-piece attire includes make up, jewelry, clothes and the most notable piece – the Mangtikka. The Mangtikkais the giant jewel the bride wears on her forehead and through the part of her hair. The actual garment and jewelry the bride wears will vary depending on what region she is from. However, each item shares the same meaning which is to bring out the natural beauty of the bride. 

On the contrary, the groom’s attire on a traditional Hindu wedding is not as complicated. He simply wears a Sherwani and Mojari, which is a type of shoe that is seen often in Mughal art. 

As for the female guests, they will be wearing a Sari or a Lengha in loud color as the bride and groom. They can also wear Bindis and Bangles or payals (anklets) as part of their custom wedding attire.

Every culture has it’s own characteristics of wedding traditions. Understanding about different wedding customs from around the world is a good way to blended in and living the life and shares the special traditions of other cultures and even to better understand your own. Indian weddings is one of the very rare unique customs that still remains till today. So if you plan on attending one or married a Hindu, it’s a great idea to gain a good understanding of what to expect

Amazing Indian wedding tradition

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.

Misri

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.

Sangeet Party

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.

Mehendi

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.

Haldi Ceremony

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.

Mandap

In traditional Indian weddings, the ceremony takes place under a Mandap, which is a four-pillared canopy decorated with bright colors.

Laja Homa

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.

Why do Indian women wear nose rings? (Part 2)

Married women often wear nose rings of moderate size, harmoniously decorated. And nose piercings now become their separation. Some even cleverly connect nose and ear piercings, forming a unique decoration on the face.

Depending on the locality, the custom of wearing nose rings is also immeasurably transformed. In southern India, the bride is often attached to the nose of a small pierced gemstone, under the left nostril is also wearing piercings made of pearl and also wears rings on the toes. Particularly northern women wear large nose rings and use a small gold wire connected to earrings, creating mysterious beauty.

In addition, married women also wear a small bell in the leg to enhance beauty, ward off evil spirits and prevent husband from doing “bee and butterflies”.

According to Hinduism, a woman’s breath will endanger her husband’s health when they are in frequent contact. If the woman wears nose piercing, it is thought that the toxic air will be hindered with the power of heavy metal contained in the sacred “nath”. However, this is only a common superstitious spiritual view of the Assembly of devotees. In fact, nose piercing is commonly used in India but also only for the highest purpose of beauty for women.

How do women make up in India

In South Asia, sari is the most traditional and popular wedding dress. Indian and Pakistani brides often wear red sari on their wedding day. The traditional wedding ceremony of these two countries is very rich. Wedding dresses are also brilliant, colorful. Indian brides often wear a lot of different jewelry.

Makeup of Indian women

Indians believe that women must use jewelry and makeup to be loved by their husbands. Moreover, jewelry and makeup are also a way for Indian women to show that they are married, such as wearing nose rings or a lipstick mark in the middle of the forehead.

Once upon a time, in a wedding, when the parents of the girl is too poor and can not afford enough jewelry for children, they can use henna to replace gold jewelry with elaborate patterns. It is also said that the more dark nails the branch uses, the more the bride will be loved by her mother-in-law.

Why do Indian women wear nose rings? (Part 1)

The nose piercing with elaborate patterns and patterns is a symbol of the beauty of Indian women. It is not just a jewelry item but also contains many interesting secrets.

In India, nose piercing is considered one of the compulsory rules for Hindu women. Looking here, one can distinguish between those who are Hindus, and those who follow Islam.

The custom of wearing Indian nose rings

Wearing nose piercing is no longer strange in the life of young people today. In India, however, it is a marriage, a child, a health, and above all a very sacred tradition.

Although nose piercing is most commonly used in India, it is derived from the practice of nose piercing in Arab countries.

Introduced in India in the 16th century, nose piercing is considered one of the mandatory rules for Hindu women. Looking here, one can distinguish between those who are Hindus, and those who follow Islam.

People call these nose rings: “Nath” and often worn in the septum (cartilage between the nostrils) according to ancient rules. However, these days, religious rules are loosened by allowing women to wear “nath” on the left or right nose. But Indians still have a special priority for the left nostril. They said that the left part of the body is closely related to the female reproductive organs. Press as much advice, the woman will avoid persistent pain on the lower abdomen during the “red light”.

Indian women often use large and small nose piercings through the nose, or attach small stones to the nose to indicate their marital status.

Indian women up to 16 years old have started wearing their first nose piercings. If delayed, that girl will be at risk of “dull” by not being Parvathi – goddess of marriage. In some areas, this is how people know if a girl is married or not.

Exported women will wear nose piercings, while lipsticks will not be allowed. People with more advice will receive the admiration and respect of society. This proves that this woman has a happy and sustainable love life for many years.

Young maidens often do not wear nose rings. It was only on the day of departure that the bride adorned her face with radiant nose piercing and elaborately decorated to mark the great moment in life.