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One of the most colorful experiences in the world:

January 2015


Marriages in India are filled with ritual and celebration that continues for several days. Generally anywhere between 100 to 10,000 people attend. Often, many of the attendees are unknown to the bride and groom themselves.

The traditional Indian wedding is about two families being brought together socially, with as much emphasis placed on the families coming closer as the married couple.

Traditional Indian weddings are generally structured into pre-wedding ceremonies and wedding day ceremonies consisting of the Baraat, the Varmala and the Saat-phere and the Vidaai.

When the marriage has been agreed upon, the father of the bridegroom visits the father of the bride. The day before the expected arrival of the marriage procession, lavish preparations are done by the family to receive the groom (shaadi ki tayaari) in beautiful and decorated venues, typically farmhouses or hotel halls, where a sacrificial fireplace called marhwa is built.

Brides decorate themselves with gold and diamond jewelry, apply mehndi to color hands and feet, and undergo various bridal rituals, including wearing bridal lehenga or saree. Bridegrooms typically wear a sherwani dress or a designer suit. To complete the marriage, the bride and groom walk in a circle (phera) around the sacrificial fire.

The wedding theme is based on the traditional wedding ceremony the way it is celebrated in the Northern India. This evening, you are going to witness some of the festivities, customs and traditional Indian rituals that make an Indian wedding. The traditional Hindu wedding is a deeply meaningful and a symbolic combination of traditions. It is a ceremony that is about 4000 years old. Each aspect of the ceremony has a philosophical and a spiritual meaning.

A Hindu marriage (Vivaha) is a union of two souls (Aatmas). It is not simply a union of bride and groom but the start of a bond between two families, their cultures and their values. During the wedding, a number of religious rites and rituals are performed in the presence of family members and friends. The group is divided into two – while one forms a part of the baraatis (groom’s guests), the other is from the bride’s side. Everyone dresses in Indian attire.

The baraatis then proceed to the site where the band and decorated horse are waiting and the procession begins towards the venue of the wedding. The Barat will also consist of elephants, horses and camels; dancers and musicians. Leading the barat will be a team of fireworks with firecrackers. The bride’s group will move to the site where the wedding procession will be arriving to welcome them. When the procession reaches the gate, the bride’s side welcomes them with garlands and the group is led to the function area. The wedding ceremony is then performed, complete with a pundit (priest) as per the Indian customs and traditions.

 

For more information, please contact Mr Rajeev Kohli at india@euromic.com

Indian Wedding

The Setup

The Setup

The Setup

Table Setup

Bride & Groom

Arrival Welcome

Indian Brides

The Bride & Groom on an Indian Elephant