Weddings in India are a multi-day affair, loaded with rituals and celebrations. No matter which part of the country you belong to, or the religion you follow, you just cannot escape the grandeur it holds. Indian weddings are typically divided into pre-wedding, the main ceremony and post-wedding. So if you do get to attend one, be prepared to soak in a lot of excitement, fun and good food.
But what’s most surprising is the fact that, even though there may be a whole lot of similarities in rituals across the country, when you look deep within, every region has certain unique wedding practices that are distinct in their own way.
I recently attended a Bengali wedding and was intrigued by it all. By Indian standards, it sure was a simpler affair. But a few things stood out in the wedding. For example the wearing of the “TOPOR” by the groom. A Topor is a type of conical headgear worn at the time of the wedding. The bride is carried on a “PIRI” which is a wooden seat, while covering her face with betel leaves. Oh, another most unique thing – the mother of the groom is not allowed to see the wedding!!!!
In Tamil Brahmin weddings, the bride is seated on the lap of her father, when the groom ties the “Mangalsutra” around her neck. This is done to the sound of the “Nadaswaram (a long wind instrument typically played in south India).
Here’s something I liked in Marathi weddings. They use a silk shawl called Antrapat separate the bride and the groom. It is removed when the sacred mantras are recited after which the bride and groom can see each other.
With each region having its own set of unique practices, all I can say is Indian weddings are a one of a kind affair.
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