Indian weddings are filled with rituals and celebrations that go on for few days. The wedding is attended by many people. The idea behind Indian weddings is to celebrate and share the happiness of joining together and blessing the couples who are on the verge to start a new life. The tradition Indian weddings deal with bringing together two families socially and emotionally. India is a land of diversity. From north to south and east to west there are thousands of rituals and customs to be followed. Indian weddings always give the chance to know about different customs and traditions and finding happiness in accepting those.
There are many different types of weddings in India. The most popular Indian weddings are Hindu weddings, Parsi weddings, Islamic weddings, Gujarati weddings, Punjabi and Sikh weddings, South Indian weddings, Maharashtrian weddings, Oriya and Bihari weddings, and Christian weddings. Here are 5 kinds of Indian weddings that you must attend once in your lifetime.
(1) South Indian Weddings
In India, marriage is not just a union of two individual but two families as a whole. South Indian weddings are celebrated in such a way that the couples have to share strong social bonding and lifelong commitment to each other. South Indian weddings start by tying full-grown plantain trees at the gate posts, garlands of mango leaves tied everywhere, decoration of flowers, rangoli designs, and the notes of nadaswaram spreading everywhere in the wedding place. The smell of fragrance sticks and the holy fire adds, even more, beauty to the place. The bride is well dressed with saree, flowers, and garland. The groom also wears white or cream dhoti and peta on the head. Tying mangal sutra is the most common and valuable rituals of all Hindu marriages. Overall, the wedding scene is so beautiful that you will feel you have visited heaven.
(2) Punjabi and Sikh weddings
The Punjabi and Sikh weddings are filled with positive energy, cheerfulness and excitement. The weddings take place during the night and people dance and enjoy the whole night. These weddings are a source of delight for the whole community. The Punjabi and Sikh weddings rituals include Roka, Mehendi, Varmala/Jaimala and milni. The wedding starts with a pooja carried out by the priest to the groom in the late evening. Then, the bride is escorted to the wedding place and another pooja is carried on by the priest, the couple and the families. This is followed by a custom known as kanyadhan where the father hands over his daughter to the groom. Then the couple encircles the holy fire seven times and the wedding comes to an end where all the elders bless the couple.
(3) Oriya and Bihari weddings
The Oriya Bihari marriages are very simple and do not believe in showy weddings. The pre-wedding rituals begin by inviting the near and dear ones. The groom arrives at the wedding place with a procession called as Barajatri. On the other side of the wedding, the bride takes a ceremonial bath known as Baadua Pani Gadhua custom. After this the kanyadhan ritual takes place and the couple goes to the groom’s house. On the eighth day of the marriage, the couple visits the bride’s house and here ends the marriage rituals and customs.
(4) Maharashtrian weddings
The Maharashtrian weddings are the simplest and least luxurious in the whole country. In this type of wedding, most of the rituals are done in the early morning. The wedding rituals begin right from the matching of the horoscope of the boy and the girl. Sakhar Puda is the first ritual of Maharashtrian weddings where the bride is gifted with saree and sweets by the groom’s family. Then, the Kelvan ceremony and the Haldi ceremony are performed. This is followed by Grihapravesh where the groom’s mother welcomes the couple to the house by washing their feet with milk.
(5) Parsi weddings
Parsi weddings take place in Goa which is quite different from the Hindu marriages. There is a lot of zeal and enthusiasm in this wedding. The rituals performed are simple. The Parsi weddings start by performing a ritual known as Achumichu where the bride’s mother encircles a tray of raw egg, rice, supari, coconut and dates seven times and throws it on the ground. On the other side of the ground, she throws the water. Then a grand reception is organised where people bless, eat delicious food, dance and enjoy.
Indian weddings have similarities even though there is a lot of uncommon rituals and customs. The North Indian weddings, north-east Indian weddings and Western Indian weddings are also very beautiful. You will see the beauty of common in uncommon practices. If possible never miss out any Indian weddings as they are unique in their own ways.