Wedding is a sacred ceremony that unites two people to start their lives together. Pre wedding and post wedding ceremonies are unique for all states. Usually wedding traditions and customs varies greatly on their cultures, ethnic groups, religions, countries,social classes etc. So most wedding ceremonies involve an exchange of marriage vows by the couple, presentation of a gift and a public proclamation of marriage by a celebrant. So pre wedding and post wedding ceremonies are very crucial in everyone’s life.
Pre wedding Ceremonies
One of the important pre wedding ceremonies in Hindu as well as other customs is the engagement. It is concerned with relatives and friends from both the bride and grooms side. This event takes place a few months before the wedding. During the ceremony in various religions, either the couples or their parents take vows in the midst of Lord Almighty and their near and dear ones. So the bride, as well as groom, then exchange rings to solidify their engagement.
It is a ceremony of applying Henna to bride’s hand and feet. This event takes place in the evening amidst of family members who are dancing by the friends and family members. The bride wants to sit for hours to get the Mehendi art done on her both hands. The joyous celebration is complemented with the singing of traditional songs and by playing of traditional musical instruments.
Sangeet is a women centric event and is probably the most fun Hindu pre wedding ceremony. It is a part of the formal engagement event. Because in earlier days sangeet ceremonies were part of North Indian Hindu wedding and now it has become the part of South India. So special themes are chosen and dance also specially prepared and performed for this occasion.
Sagan is a ceremony that is reckoned as the first step to the bond between two families. The auspicious event takes place in the groom’s residence. Male members of the bride’s family visit the groom’s house to put kumkuma on his forehead. This version of Sagan is commonly visited. But other versions also exist. Music and dance is also the part of this ceremony.
Haldi is one of the auspicious events in different parts of the country. In this ceremony, haldi is applied to the bride and groom. In a few states, this is held before the mehendi ritual. Haldi ceremony is connected with beautifying the bride and groom for their big day.
It is the first step towards marriage. It is like an official announcement of consent of the bride and groom to get married to each other. In this ceremony, families of both sides gather for the first time and exchange sweets, gifts, dry fruits with each other.
Maaduram Veipae ceremony is celebrated in South India. It is the ceremony where friends, relatives comes the day before the marriage and hands over the gifts. Also, in this ceremony bride as well as groom gifts sweets to the bride and groom. And thereafter dinner is provided for the invitees.
Post Wedding Ceremonies
Vidaai is an emotional event that marks the completion of the wedding. It is an integral part of the wedding, where the bride steps out the door and throwbacks handfuls of rice over the head and this reflects the wealth and prosperity. This ritual signifies that the bride has paid whatever the parents. As she leaves her house, her brothers and cousins push the car that symbolizes brothers are helping her start a new life with her husband. As the car starts, money is thrown to the road to ward off the evil spirits. Post wedding event has different names in various parts of the state.
Aashirvaad ceremony is a very soulful event that is celebrated to seek the blessings of elderly family members. In this ceremony, the bride’s family along with relatives, friends visit the groom’s residence present newlywed couple. It signifies the confirmation of bride and groom’s new relationship. The door of the bride’s residence is decorated with mango leaves. And left it for an year. Groom’s family present bride some sarees and in return, the bride’s parents gift groom a ring, watch.
Dwar Rokai fun-filled ceremony seen in North India. This ceremony is held when the newlywed couples arrive at the groom’s residence. Here the groom’s sister won’t let the couple to enter the house. Brother is asked to present her with cash or gift in order to get the entry to the house.
Griha pravesha is a significant ceremony for welcoming the bride. It is a traditional Indian welcome given to the bride. She is asked to push a jar that is filled with rice with right toe to make entry to the house. This ceremony makes it clear that the bride becomes an integral part of their family.
Mooh Dikhai ceremony is to introduce the new bride to groom’s family. Ladies unveil the face of the bride and she is showered with gifts.
Pag phera ceremony is to take bride back to home from in-laws house by her brothers where she stays for about three days. As soon as the ceremony ends, the groom comes to her house and seeks blessings from her parents and takes the bride back home. The bride’s family offers gifts to their daughter and son-in-law. A strong belief exists that girls are the form of Goddess Lakshmi and she comes back home to ensure prosperity.
Actually the bonding between a newly-wed couple happens during the pre wedding and post wedding ceremonies. So it is necessary to take beautiful photographs of pre wedding and post wedding ceremonies to make it life long.