Indian weddings are rich, diverse and beautiful. They take place over a span of multiple days and include many activities. Some of these are counted as pre-wedding while the other are post-wedding activities. One thing is however consistent with all Indian weddings, they are fun!
You’ll never be bored at an Indian wedding. There are some activities that you’ll find at a typical Indian wedding. One is a Mehndi ceremony where the bride’s hands are painted in beautiful Dulhan Mehndi designs. You also have a Shaadi ceremony where the actual wedding happens. There are however different styles of Indian weddings. Here are five popular celebrations you should know about.
Some of the things that will attract you to Bengali weddings are the colour and decorations. For a star, the bride often wears a Sari that is bright red in colour. You’ll also love the intricate design painted on her forehead. It is done with sandalwood and Kumkum. At a Bengali wedding, the couple does a Mala Badal (Exchange of fragrant florals). The bride’s entry to the Mandap is however considered the most fun part of this wedding. She is brought in on a pedi by her uncles. Her face is also covered until the Mala Badal happens.
At Hindu weddings, the most important night is the Haldi Night. Everyone gathers in a ceremony to apply scented turmeric paste on the bride. It signifies the purification of her skin. It also causes the bride to glow in a stunning way. After this comes the Mehndi which was already mentioned.
Malayali weddings happen very early in the morning. This is because it is believed that sunrise is a lucky time. This type of wedding also only lasts for a day so the ceremony is short and sweet. There is a ceremony and then a quick traditional meal. The couple wears white and is draped in gold jewellery from head to toe.
At Indian Muslim weddings, there is also a Mehndi night. At this ceremony, candles are lighted and the grooms name is hidden in the henna. He then has to try and find it. Muslim Indian brides wear a Salwar Kameez or a Lehenga. Her stomach must however be covered. There is also a Nikah wedding ceremony. During this, the bride and groom are in separate rooms until the end. The party continues after the Nikah.
Some Punjabi people have the kind of Hindu ceremony already described. However, there is also a Punjabi wedding. Some of its aspects include the bride’s family trying to steal the groom’s shoe in a process known as Joota Chupai. If they succeed, the groom has to pay to get his shoe back. The wedding itself then happens in a Guruduwa. Here the couple goes around a holy book known as Granth Sahib.
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