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Sikh wedding rituals

These rituals are spread over a period of a week and are celebrated with fun and splendour. The rituals are performed before, during and after the marriage ceremony and include exchange of gifts, jewellery and clothes amongst the two families. Customs and rituals take place in both families and are an integral part of the wedding. is pleased to provide an insight to these traditions...

Rituals and Customs
Pre wedding start with the Tilak Ceremony of the groom or the engagement ceremony. Another Pre-wedding ritual is the Chura Ceremony in which the maternal uncle and aunt of the bride put red and white bangles on her wrist. During ‘Maiya’ both the bride and the groom are not allowed to leave their residences. Auspicious red thread is tied during Gana.

A scented powder made of barley flour, turmeric and mustard oil is applied to both of bride and groom in the Vatna cremony. Mehendi Ceremony takes place on the eve of the Wedding. On the wedding day morning, the groom’s sister fills water from the Gurudwara for the groom’s bath. This is known as Gharoli.

Wedding day rituals are also rich and interesting. The Milni ceremony is celebrated with the tying up of the ‘sehra’ on the groom’s forehead. Later milni ceremony is held among the elders of both the families as they meet at the bride’s place. During the main marriage ceremony, the couple attends the Guru Granth Sahib Kirtan. Then they circle the Guru Granth Sahib. The conclusion of the Sikh wedding rituals takes place with the Vidaai ceremony of the bride.

Special Features
Rich tributes are paid to the Guru Granth Sahib - the book containing holy verses, which is considered the 10th Guru. The bride is draped up in Red is and the groom adorns a sword usually ornamentally decorated at the time of the marriage.

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