Traditional Indian Wedding Celebrations
India is a land of great diversity and religious believes. It serves you with a variety of cultures and traditions which is why one can notice immense amount of celebrations throughout their weddings. In fact, their dresses are also according to the religion they belong to.
Celebration of the same festival might be absolutely different in north India as compared to south India. Weddings and the occasion of marriage sets a different mood all together among the Indians. In north India, the big fat Indian wedding can extend upto several days whereas in South it’s just a matter of one or two days.
The timings and other rituals followed throughout the wedding are also different. Colors hold true importance of their own among the weddings. Red, is not just a color during this period but instead is considered as a slovenlier for the whole belief of marriage.
It is a symbol of passion, love and marital bliss.
In fact, wearing white in an Indian wedding can be scandalous. Bright colors are one of the favorites among Indians when it comes to marriages. Christian weddings might include the white or ivory shade in the brides’s outfit but Hindus are strictly against wearing white during the wedding period.
But in the recent times, bright shades of reds, oranges and pinks have also been noticed amongst the Christian wedding. The long celebration of haldi and mehendi ceremony also have been given themed colors.
Lehenga is widely worn and accepted by the Indian brides for their wedding day whereas in south, brides are mostly seen wearing their traditional sarees which look absolutely stunning and gorgeous. Red color holds such importance amongst the Hindu weddings that it is included in the ceremony and rituals too.
For example, On the wedding day and even after the wedding, bride is seen wearing a red and white bangle set in both her hands which is called as chudha. This set remarks happiness and prosperity for both bride as well as the groom in their future life.
The next ritual is putting the ‘sindhoor’ at the partition of hair around the forehead by the groom into the bride’s hair is also red in color. In fact, putting sindhoor is a daily routine for a lot of brides after the wedding day.
It is an indication of a woman being married. It is also known as kumkuma powder which is also used as a tilak during various festivals of India such as Navratri, Rakshabandhan, Diwali, Bhai dooj, etc.
Pure kumkuma powder is made from either turmeric powder treated with slaked lime or sometimes from pure sandalwood paste.
Liquid bindi or sticker like bindi is used often in place of sindoor in the regular wear buy the Indian women.
These sticker bindis are supposed to be put on the forehead, right in the centre above brows.They come in various colors and patterns and designs which accentuate the whole face of bride and make her look prettier
Although red, pinks and oranges are the staple wear of Indian brides but in the recent times they have been seen wearing blues and greens paired with ivory and golden shades which are absolutely mesmerizing.
Coming to one f the famous and the most important rituals of Indian wedding is the Mehendi ceremony. Mehendi is actually a herb which is crushed and mixed with natural ingredients to form a liquidy paste.
This paste is rolled in a paperand then it is used just like a pen. This is further used to decorate bride’s hands and feet. After washing of the mehendi, your hands are left with a beautiful tattoo like ink whose color ranges from orange to dark brown.
Mehendi ceremony has great cultural importance in Indian weddings and the belief is that the bright and deep colour represents the success and happiness of the marriage.
Since the henna or mehendi powder is green in color, various weddings have been following the theme of wearing green shade throughout this day.
The next major event is the haldi ceremony which has a theme for itself as well which is yellow in color. Why yellow? because this ritual follows the process of mixing turmeric(haldi) and besan(chickpea flour) along with milk and forming a paste.
This paste is used to apply onto the bride as well as the groom one or two days before the wedding. Turmeric itself is considered as a natural antioxidant for the skin which helps to remove any marks, making it look completely flawless.
It’s basically a natural anti oxidant for your skin. Putting on haldi makes the bride as well as the groom look good.The decor in Indian weddings is completely unmatched and is at a grand level. Use of fairy lights, flowers, carpets, chandelier etc are the basics of an Indian wedding decor.
Marriage ceremony amongst the bride and groom is completed only when they exchange garlands made out of flowers like roses, jasmine, marigold etc. It is a symbol of the bride and groom tied up together for the rest of their lives. Green colored garlands are also famous since they are made out of some sacred leaves.