Amongst other things, India is well known for its grand, lavish and colorful weddings, lasting from two days up to a week depending upon the religion, customs and preferences. Even though varied modifications have been brought into the traditional Indian marriages, to punch in entertainment, fun and showoff; here we bring in a few important customs and functions for you to unleash the goodness of traditional marriages held among Hindus, Sikhs and Muslims –
A Hindu Wedding –
A Hindu wedding comprises of a lot of functions running for around 3 days; starting with Tilak, Ring Ceremony, Haldi, Ganesh Puja, Mehndi, Sangeet on the first day. After a wonderful night of dance and DJ, here comes The wedding day!- The day of baraat, varmala and phere! The groom dressed up at his best, rides over the horse, along with his relatives and friends dancing; making their way towards the bride’s residence. The Varmala ceremony involves exchanging of garlands between the bride and the groom and the phere’s are the most beautiful part of Hindu weddings, wherein the groom ties the holy mangalsutra in bride’s neck, applies sindoor on her forehead and the couple takes 7 rounds around the pure fire while chanting 7 vows to lead a happy life. The third day is followed with the vidai, wherein the groom takes along his newly wedded wife to the life of their dreams.
A Sikh Wedding –
Unlike the Hindu wedding, Sikhs weddings are less complicated with less number of functions but more and more of entertainment and celebration with endless food and music. The pre-wedding traditions comprise Rokka, (pre-engagement), Kurmai (formal engagement), Akhand Path, Ardas (prayer) mehndi and sangeet. The wedding ceremony takes place at a Sikh place of worship, called Gurudwara.
A Muslim Wedding –
A traditional Muslim wedding is quite different from the Hindus and Sikhs, given the difference in rituals and customs. A Muslim wedding is usually one day event making it a closely held family affair. The wedding is as the Nikaah, where the Mawlawi, Islamic priest, reads from the Quran, about the importance of marriage and the couple signs the wedding papers and ends with a saying “Qubool hai”. The families then celebrate with a big reception called the Valima, which includes traditional music and meal.