If you are attending Indian Wedding for the first time in your life, you’ll find yourself bit confused and curious, many questions will run in your mind like what you should wear, what you should gift to the couple, how the food will be etc…..In this article, we will try to cover up all about Indian weddings and what to expect from an Indian Wedding….
India is a place of many religion and cultures. Different religion , follow different rituals in their wedding, but some of the common rituals followed in every religion are mehandi, haldi, sangeet, baarat, vidaai etc… You can expect big families and friends having get together.
Mostly a traditional Indian wedding lasts an average of three days. On the first night, a priest will often perform the ganesh pooja, a ceremony that usually happens at home with only the couple, the bridal party, and close relatives in attendance.
The second day begins with a mehandi ceremony. For this, the bride and her female friends and family members will have intricate henna patterns drawn on their hands and feet. That evening, the sangeet takes place. Every wedding guest is usually invited, and it involves an introduction of the couple’s families, mingling, a meal, and dances or other performances.
On the third day, that’s the wedding and the reception day, rituals like baraat (groom comes on a horse to the wedding place with his family and friends…enjoying and dancing), var mala (groom and bride exchange garlands), vivaah (this is the most important ritual, in which groom and bride take seven vows and seven pheras), vidaai (bride leaves her parent house).
What to wear?
You can wear some bright dress, if you don’t have a traditional sari or lengha, don’t worry. A jewel-tone dress with a shawl can mimic the festive look.
The most common misconceptions about Indian food are that it’s all spicy and it’s all vegetarian. In reality, it depends on which state the couple’s families are from.
What to gift?
Couples usually request that there be no boxed gifts at the wedding, so guests usually have gifts shipped to the couple’s home or bring an envelope full of money.
Indian weddings reflect the true color and traditions of India in a unique way. Try to attend all the rituals, its going to be a great & unique experience and you will certainly enjoy it!!!
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