Wedding India

Indian wedding rituals are following old practices and an important event that lasts for at least three days. Wedding in India is considered as a sacred thing and the most important function in one’s life. Most people in India consider marriage is not only a physical union, but also have spiritual aspects. In India, wedding rituals vary from one state to another, religion to religion and caste to caste. Wedding in India is colourful and vibrant as the couples, relative and invitees will be wearing colourful attire and in a joyful mood. The wedding rituals in India is classified mainly as pre-wedding, wedding day and post-wedding rituals in most religions.

Engagement ceremony
Engagement ceremony is like a pre-wedding ceremony in which the exchange of rings between the couple takes place. Engagement ceremony is usually conducted at least one week or several months before the wedding ceremony. Engagement ceremony also involves festivities with lavish spread of different types of food.

Mehendi Ceremony
Mehendi ceremony is conducted as a huge event in which the bride, family members and friends will cover their hands with beautiful designs created using henna. The invitees and family members of the bride dance with music to celebrate the pre-wedding day.

Wedding day
A wedding mantapa or altar is created at the wedding venue in which the rituals of marriage ceremony are performed. The mantapa will be decorated with flowers and the couples are seated inside the mantapa to complete all the wedding rituals. The priest will be chanting mantras while performing the marriage rituals. Most weddings conducted with a sacred fire ceremony with a priest chanting mantras before it and offering ‘havan’ (ghee) to the fire.

Initially, after arriving at the mantapa, the couples will put garland on each other that is very important in an Indian marriage ceremony. Wedding in India is not complete without tying a mangal sutra on the bride’s neck by the groom. Mangal sutra is very important to show that the girl is married. The bride is handed over by her father to the groom by a ceremony known as ‘Kanya Daan’ to symbolize the transfer of father’s responsibility to the groom. The couples after the completion of the wedding ceremony will circle around the sacred fire to take seven vows known as mangal pheras. After completing the rituals, the bride will go to the house of the groom, where the bride has to enter the house by touching a vessel full of rice with the right leg and make it fall to represent the wealth and accept the new responsibilities by the bride.

Post-wedding ceremony
A reception will be conducted in a grand manner after the wedding. Different types of cuisines are served to the guest on this day. The main aim of conducting a reception is to introduce the bride to the family and friends of the groom. Depending on the convenience, the reception will be conducted on the same day of the wedding, or after one or more days. Reception is mostly like the extension of the wedding festivities.

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