Have you been to an Indian wedding before? Weddings in India are grand events that last for up to three days at a time. Indian weddings are religious affairs and follow the same pattern and rituals which have been set for hundreds of years. Sure, the weddings of today are very much modern – and more fun – but still very much traditional in their essence.
There is no one version of an Indian wedding – there are Hindu weddings, Sikh weddings, Muslim weddings, Jain weddings, Buddhist weddings, Christian weddings, North Indian Weddings, South Indian Weddings, Bengali Weddings, Maharashtrian Weddings, Punjabi Weddings and so on.
We shall discuss each type of Indian wedding later. Here, we generalize a bit and describe what happens in a typical Hindu wedding. Read on!
The Wedding Rituals
Indian weddings are generally traditional affairs, which last for three days, as said earlier. One the first day of the wedding, a religious ceremony called as the Ganesh Puja is performed, which is an ode to Lord Ganapati, considered to be the most beloved God in the Hindu pantheology. This ceremony is performed at the bride’s home, with just the couple and close family members in attendance.
The second day is more fun and features a mehndi ceremony, which is attended by the bride, her family and female friends. During this ceremony, intricate mehndi or henna designs are drawn on the feet and hands of the bride.
The mehndi is followed by a sangeet ceremony, which features singing and dancing by the families and friends of both the bride and the groom. The couple is introduced to everyone and everyone has a good time, dancing to traditional wedding songs and Bollywood tunes.
The third day is the main event. This is when the actual wedding rituals are performed by a priest during which the bride and the groom garland each other and take seven rounds around a holy fire.
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mangalsutra, or a necklace with black beads around her neck. This symbolizes the fact that the bride is now a married woman, and no longer single.
This is followed by the wedding reception where guests are invited to meet the couple and wish them all the best for the success of their married life. Gifts are exchanged and introductions are made.
What Happens at the Wedding Reception?
The wedding reception is the best part of an Indian wedding. If you are attending a wedding in the state of Punjab in North India, you will have a lot of fun watching the guests perform bhangra, a type of Punjabi folk dance.
You will want to join in as well; and dance to the drums – it is a really joyous dance. South Indian wedding receptions, on the other hands, are much quieter affairs and don’t have much singing and dancing.
The food at Indian weddings is really great. If you are in North India, you will be treated to naan, varieties of curries, samosas, pakoras, topped up with the amazing kulfi (traditional Indian ice cream) and a number of delicious sweets. There are food stalls arranged for the guests and the food is prepared by professional chefs.
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