Marriages are magnificent social events witnessed by people all across the world. They are a token of love and a celebration of the foundation of the bond between two individuals and their families. Each religion and country has a separate unique style of performing the ceremonies and rituals of the marriage. An Indian wedding is no less than a festival which creates a spirit of joy and excitement in the atmosphere.
Many Indian weddings are performed after sunset, due to this venues are lit up with colorful lights and adorning items. A baffling arrangement of food, dance, floral and other such things are done at the venue where guests and relatives offer greetings and gifts to the wedding couple. The most tempting aspect about an Indian marriage is to incorporate global traditions with an Indian sensibility.
This makes the celebration traditionally Indian with a touch of western qualities. An elite Indian wedding comprises several varieties of rituals and ceremonies which are celebrated with joy and enthusiasm. In a Hindu culture, these ceremonies last for 3-4 days.
Ceremonies and Rituals
There are a lot of ceremonies and rituals involved in a marriage. In a Hindu wedding, there are a lot of ceremonies which are performed prior to and later to marry.
•The ceremony of engagement commences the marriage rituals. In this ceremony, the couple is supposed to exchange rings with each other.
•Next celebrated is the mehndi ceremony which is observed by the bride’s family. Brought from traditional practices, in this ritual mehndi is put on the hands and feet of the bride giving an elegant glow to her.
•After the mehndi, the tilak ceremony is performed which is one of the most important rituals before the marriage. Tilak, a sign of optimism is put by the groom’s family. The bride’s brother and the groom are generally part of this ritual.
•Next to tilak comes the day of marriage. On this day the couple takes vows biding them to each other for the rest of their lives.
•The vidai ceremony held after the wedding symbolizes that the marriage is complete. It’s an occasion of joy and sorrow for the bride and family.
•Out of the many post-wedding rituals, reception ceremonies is most important which introduces the bride to the groom’s family.
These rituals and ceremonies not only help the couple but also the two families to form a great bond.