Weddings are the joyous events in everyone’s life. Indians have taken “the more, the merrier” quite seriously when it comes to Indian weddings. The ceremony not only is the extravagant celebration of love and togetherness but holds several interesting elements within.
From why does the Indian wedding cards are offered to god first to how Indians tie knot.
Let’s get to know some interesting facts about Indian weddings:
- Unlike wedding in western countries, you just can’t choose any date of the wedding on your own. An Indian wedding takes place on selective days. People reach out for astrologers and numerologist to declare the auspicious date of the ceremony. Some even consult the priests for choosing a favorable day for the wedding. It is believed that dates play an important role in the success of the wedding ceremony too.
- Compatibility like any other weddings is one important factor in Indian weddings too. But apart from the compatibility between the boy and the girl, people in India believe to check the horoscope compatibility too. The traits as per their horoscopes need to be compatible enough. It is believed that horoscope compatible couple leads a more harmonious and long-lasting married life.
- Engagement ceremony can be a part of a series of events in a wedding ceremony. Sometimes couples even get engaged a few months prior to the wedding date. This gives enough time to the “to be bride” and “to be groom” to know each other more. The engagement ceremony takes place in presence of all family members.
- Between the period of engagement and marriage, on several festivals families from both, the sides exchange gifts. It is addressed as “Shagun”.
- The Indian wedding cards are also considered a substantial part of Indian weddings. The first card is usually offered to Lord Ganesha. It is believed that he will bless the couple for this beautiful journey they are about to embark upon.
- The Indian wedding cards are designed in particular colours too. These traditional wedding Invites were usually designed in red, yellow, saffron or green colour. These hues are considered religiously auspicious and their vibrancy goes well with the vibes. Now the modern Indian wedding cards have got a whole new additional colour pallet. You can witness the vibrancy as well as subtle pastel facades in Indian wedding cards.
- Unlike weddings in western countries, traditional Indian weddings tend not for a few hours, but for a few days. The ceremony includes several events organised prior to the “wedding ceremony”.
• Heena ceremony wherein the bride apply the henna in her hands which looks beautiful and is considered religiously significant too.
• Haldi ceremony, wherein the family members apply Haldi (turmeric paste) to the bride and the groom. It has its own health benefits and works wonders on skin. It is also considered pious on religious grounds. Neither the bride and nor the groom is allowed to see each other after this ceremony until the main wedding ceremony. Even they are not allowed to leave the house.
• The family of the groom comes to the bride’s place singing and dancing. They are then welcomed for the Phera Ceremony. Pheras, wherein the bride and the groom tie the knot.
Indian weddings are nothing less than an enchanting chaos of religious practices and rituals where love binds everything together.