Wedding is the most solemn affair in India. A wedding ceremony in a Hindu family symbolizes a true Indian wedding as they are the ancient people of the land. A marriage in a Christian family has a tinge of western customs while one in a Muslim family has a colouring of Arab culture. India is a country where every tradition is celebrated.
Here are some facts about the wedding culture & traditions of Hindu weddings in India. Read till the end and share it with everyone.
The status of the bride’s home speaks through the decorations and the dinner. The bride’s house looks like a bride. It is lighted as if it is Diwali day. Bands would accompany the procession. Sometimes refined music played on instruments awaits the bridegroom. The ‘baratis’ i.e. the people who accompany the bridegroom enjoy the bridal feast. The dish costs between rupees twenty and rupees five hundred in cities like Mumbai and Delhi where the feast has shifted from the bride’s house to a five-star hotel.
Although the customs have been changing with the change in times, a common feature till the fifties and sixties. Nowadays there may be a procession of cars that shows the status of the groom who is at the end of the procession, generally in a decorated car. But according to the old traditional way, the bridegroom would sit on a decorated mare like a prince. The clothes are costly. There used to be a sword buckled to his waist as if he comes to win the lady by force. Now when he enters the house he cuts the chord from which a sieve hangs. It signifies the victory. The ladies related to the bride welcome the groom with ‘Aarati’, garlands and flowers.
The bridegroom is taken to the ‘Mandapa’ where the marriage is solemnized in the presence of a large number of people and before ‘Agni’ (Fire) the nature god. Sometime, to make things easier and simple marriage may be solemnized in a temple too. Donations are given to different organizations by both sides. The marriage and the expenditure on it becomes a status symbol among the rich. Sometimes the whole festivity may be marred by the demanded dowry. The question does not arise among the rich as lakhs exchange hands without grudging. But it is sometimes a tormenting thing in the middle-class families.
Now all these customs have been disappearing in cities. But they still stay in some form or the other and that’s why we say, Indian weddings are fun to attend because they are different and colourful.
These were few facts about the very common traditions of a Hindu wedding. Do give us your feedback in the comments, share it with everyone and stay tuned till our next blog.
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