Indian weddings are known for their traditions. Here are the five traditions that are essential in most Indian weddings. May be you can steal some of these ideas for your wedding.
In India, the couple doesn’t choose their wedding date. Instead, an elderly family member, fortune-teller, priest, or astrologist figures out the most auspicious day by considering factors like birthdays and phases of the moon. Most weddings last about 3-4 days and sometimes a week as well.
Once the perfect date is settled, follows the old tradition of giving out wedding cards with sweets. Red and gold, is the most common combination as the two bold colours are meant to represent luck and wealth. But recently people are slowly changing this colour scheme, as they want something new and different. However, people still stick to bright colours like pink, orange etc.
Mehndi (henna) night usually happens two or three days before an Indian wedding ceremony. During this ritual, henna artists draw on the hands of female friends and family members. They also paint the bride’s hands and feet and believe that it protects her from evil. It is said: the deeper the colour the deeper is the love between the couple and their two families. Usually the mehndi is kept for about 4-8 hours to get the darkest colour and it lasts about 2-3 weeks. Indian brides are also painted with turmeric powder mixed with milk all over their body, this is meant to improve her skin and give her a natural glow. She usually showers with milk on her wedding day.
If you thought flowers are only used for decorations in weddings, in Indian weddings they mean much more, Indian brides and grooms exchange floral garlands, representing their acceptance of each other as husband and wife. Another custom is that the groom’s brother sprinkles flower petals over the couple wishing them good luck. Some Indian brides throw rice behind them when moving into the new family, this signifies that she is leaving her family and moving into another and promising to take care of her husband’s family.
Different cultures in India have different kinds of the final wedding ceremony. In Hindus, the couple takes seven rounds around the fire and pray to the God of fire, Agni. In Sikhs, the couple takes four rounds of their holy book. However, in both Hindu’s and Sikhs a prayer is read before each round, which spells out promises the couples has to keep after their wedding. Both bride and groom hold separate pieces of cloth that are tied together by their parents. They have to hold on to the two ends of the cloth till they finish their seven or four rounds.
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