Even though the world is changing into modernity, wedding without following a tradition would seem incomplete. Traditions have always been the way behind a successful marriage. These traditional weddings might continue over several days, performed the night before and even during the day of the wedding ceremony. Among the various traditional weddings performed in the world, the Hindu Tradition Wedding needs a special mention. The Hindu ceremony focuses not only on the bride, but celebrates the coming together of two families.
The Hindu wedding takes place inside a roof like structure called a mandap. The bride gets painted in awesome mehendi designs covering her hands and feet before the ceremonies begin. Indian tradition weddings usually last three days. It starts with the tradition ceremony known as the ‘Misri– Here the marrying couple exchange flower garlands, prayers as well as gold rings. Traditionally, the groom’s parents present the bride with loads of gifts, misri (which is a type of rock sugar), symbolizing sweetness in the future.
Mehendi ceremony takes place just one day before the actual wedding. Women attending this event wear fascinating patters on their hands and feet with the help of mehendi.
The designs symbolizes the intimate bond between the husband and wife. In the bride’s hand , the groom’s name is written within the mehendi design. And the groom needs to find out that. This is very exciting as the bride’s sisters demands various gifts from the groom if the groom cannot find out his name on the bride’s hand.
On the morning of the wedding day, the Haldi ceremony is held. Here both sides of the family spread mixture of water, turmeric, oil over the clothes and skin of the bride and groom. The mixture helps in calming and moisturizing their skin just before the wedding.
During this traditional wedding ceremony, the brother of the bride pours rice into her sisters’ hands, some of them fluffs into the groom’s hands placed below hers, and then poured into Agni( the sacred fire).
In the Hindu tradition wedding, it is believed that tying a mangalsultra around the bride’s neck instigates their bond to a higher level. The Mangalsultra is a necklace consisting of two gold pendants. It means that tying the knot by the groom signifies a strong bonding of over 100 years.
Burgundy, gold, red, orange are generally preferred in Indian tradition weddings.
Traditionally, the bride will wear a 16-piece apparel known as the Solah Shringar which includes make up, clothes as well as jewelry. These items enhances the natural beauty of the bride. One remarkable item of the Solah Shringar is the Mangtikka, which is heavy- jewel, the bride wears on her forehead and through the part of her hair. The apparel the bride wears depending on the region she is from. The type of jewelry also changes. The groom wears Mojari and Sherwani, a type of shoe that is usually viewed in the Mughal art. At these tradition wedding, women usually wears a Lehenga or Sari. The guests, as well as the bride and groom, generally dress in bright color. Most attendants wear small-medium or even large Bindis and Bangles as part of their custom wedding apparels as well. Some women also love wearing payals.
Bidhai and vadhupravesh, which are performed on the end welcomes the bride to the groom’s house. Jain, Punjabi, Marathi, Gujarati, Tamil, Kashmiri, and Bengali ceremonies all have their unique customs that makes weddings memorable with a positive thought.