Indian weddings are simply stunning. While lavishness and exuberance are a few things that are common among all the weddings across the country, there are a lot of cultural differences among every region’s celebration in this land of diversity. And, here we give you a few glimpses of beautiful wedding celebrations from various cultures, regions, religions and communities of India.
One of the most beautiful parts of a Kashmiri wedding is the bride’s striking attire, which apart from the rest of her dress, also includes a kalpush, a multi-layered skull cap.
Fun, excitement, joy, laughter, lots of energy, and what not! Well, these are some of the words that define a Punjabi wedding. Be it the outfits, venue, food or anything else, everything related to a Punjabi wedding is no less than the term ‘king-size’. Not to miss, the beautiful things like kalire, chooda, etc., which make a Punjabi bride look absolutely stunning.
One fun and exciting ritual in Gujarati weddings is that of welcoming the groom. Known as Ponkvu or Ponkhana, the groom’s mother-in-law performs an aarti to welcome him, and then, she playfully tries to pull his nose as a part of the ritual. Interesting, isn’t it?
Be it the beautiful bride’s hands and feet adorned with “alta”, the holy sound of “ooli” made by women while welcoming the groom or anything else, Bengali weddings are full of distinct features that make them a truly magical affair.
Out of all the different regional weddings in India, Maharashtrian weddings are probably the most simple yet the elegant ones. They are full of simple and vibrant rituals and most of the Maharashtrian weddings are conducted during the daytime.
Known as the Nikah, a Muslim wedding takes place in presence of the Maulvi and the family members of the couple. The bride and the groom sit separately and the Maulvi recites select verses from the Quran and asks the bride for her consent to marry the groom. After her acceptance, same question is asked to the groom. The mutual consent of the couple is known as Ijab-e-Qubul, which is followed by signing of the Nikahnama by the couple.
A Sikh marriage ceremony is known as Anand Karaj and comprises of a lot of beautiful rituals and functions. Sikh weddings are conducted in the morning and the couple takes the pheras in a Gurdwara in front of the Guru Granth Sahib.
The Christian weddings in India are like a beautiful amagamation of the Indian as well as western cultures. Known for their subtlety and elegance, the beautiful elements of Christian wedding, like the bride’s white wedding gown, sophisticated decor at the church, the pretty bridesmaids and the adorable flower girls, make these celebrations a totally ravishing affair.
The wedding celebrations of the people from the region of Marwar, in the state of Rajasthan, is known as a Marwari wedding. These weddings are extravagant and the celebrations are usually extended over a period of days. The innumerable rituals, traditions and other events make a Marwari wedding look no less than a big festival.
Rajputs are considered to have originated from the princely families of Rajasthan. And, going by their royal background, their wedding celebrations are absolutely imperial. Rajput weddings are loaded with various rituals, ceremonies and rich events, all of which make them a treat to watch.
Baniya is a business community in India. And, their lavish wedding ceremonies exhibit the influentialness of this community. Most of the rituals of a Baniya wedding are similar to the Hindu weddings in North India.
A Parsi wedding is celebrated by the people following Zoroastrianism, and is known as lagan. While their celebrations are different than that of the Hindu marriages, they too are spread over a couple of days like most other Indian weddings.
The beautiful Tamil weddings reflect the simplicity and down to earth nature of the Tamilians. Being very particular about all the wedding traditions and rituals, Tamilians perform each of them carefully and in the right manner.
Kannada weddings are the marriage celebrations that come from the state of Karnataka. Like most of the Hindu weddings, these also include a lot of rituals that exhibit the rich cultural heritage of our nation.
Coming from the state of Assam, Assamese weddings are known as Biya, in the local language. The simple and pristine ceremonies of an Assamese wedding make it look all the more beautiful. And, one of the most important, or say indispensable part of an Assamese wedding is Biya Naam, which is a traditional song.
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