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Hindu wedding rituals

These rituals and customs are based on Vaidic traditions which explain various aspects of married life. Celebration is in the air, sweets are specially prepared and the household is filled with enthusiasm and enjoyment.

There are four stages of life. Grahastha Ashram is the second stage of life which means marriage. In the Indian society, the weddings are mostly arranged. The first step is when the parents find for a right match for their children. Marriages are considered as union of two families. The entire family, friends and community participate in the wedding celebrations. The Hindu wedding rituals are quite distinct and colorful. is pleased to provide an insight to these traditions...

Rituals and Customs
Sagai Ceremony : After the marriage is arranged, the auspicious engagement ceremony is arranged. A priest to carries out the various rituals. During the ceremony, the bride and the groom exchange rings along with garlands and sweets.

Mehandi Ceremony : Mehandi is celebrated by the bride’s family and friends. This includes applying henna to the bride’s feet and hands. All the while the family members enjoy themselves by singing and dancing. The colour of the Mehndi denotes the essence of love to strengthen the bond of love between the couple.

Baraat : The groom with his family and friends gather in a procession led by lamps and band on the way to the wedding venue. The family and friends dance their way in front of the groom who is seated on a decorated horse.

Reception : The procession is recieved by the bride's family and is offered welcome drinks and snacks amidst the tune of shehnaai.

Shaadi : A beautiful mandapa, decorated by flowers is setup on the wedding day. The wedding ceremony is usually long and lasts for nearly seven hours. The couple exchange garlands and take saat-phere or seven rounds around the holy fire and vow for eternal partnership and nuptial bond.

Vidai : This is an emotional moment when the parents and friends bid farewell to the bride with tearful eyes, wishing her all the best in life.

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