Most of us have not visited a traditional Indian wedding. But what we hear from most includes Indian pre-wedding traditions before setting up for the big days. Not to forget, the pandemic has affected modern Indian wedding traditions. But we will get to it later.
The most important thing to remember while attending an Indian wedding is the functions you will be attending. The preliminary preparations include accommodating hundreds of people from outside cities or countries, giving dahej to the groom’s family, and more.
The rituals that follow an Indian wedding are a separate talk but keep reading for more appropriate insights.
Technically, an ideal function lasts for four to five hours. Some can extend it till late at night to have a more joyous night. The function days are Indian pre-wedding traditions. These pre-wedding functions are engagement, mehndi, sangeet, tilak, Haldi, and Roka ceremonies.
There are post ceremonies, including vidai, reception, blessings, dwar rokai, driha Pravesh, mooh dikhai, and pag phera.
The Hindu rituals are filled with gifts and joyous ceremonies presented to the bride and groom by their families. Mostly, the parents pay for the modern Indian wedding traditions to make it extravagant and unforgettable. But some couples don’t prolong it in the idea of making it extravagant. Except, they make it simpler with fewer functions and lesser rituals, paying themselves.
It all depends on the type of functions you will be attending. The most common dresses for the girls are lehenga while women over the age of forty wear saris or shalwar kameez. For men, the most worn dress is the shalwar kameez or sherwanis. The dressing can be broken down in the tradition being followed or which part of the country is the wedding being held.
Women wear lehenga at sangeet or Mehendi, shalwar kameez at Roka and Haldi event, saris at blessing ceremonies, and three-piece suit at a traditional post wedding ceremony. Men wear shalwar kameez, sherwani, and pantsuits at different events.
Let’s talk percents.
The families had to break down their rituals, follow pandemic restrictions and bring down their function days. Only ten percent of people have delayed the wedding. While others have either prepared everything virtually or proposed a smaller event for the wedding. Only 60 percent have looked into the protocols proposed by the government for the wedding and took action upon it.
At a typical Indian wedding, you can expect a lot going on before, during, and after the event. Fathers are shouting about filling guests’ food requirements, mothers sending the bride/groom to the parlor, brothers sitting with the cousins after a longtime meet-up, and sisters perfecting last-minute dances. But there is more and mentioned below,
There is a lot of red in the bride’s wedding wardrobe. Since it’s a tradition to wear red color on their big day, brides prefer wearing different shades at all events. Ideally, the lehenga worn in vidaai and Roka is similar, but conservative elders prefer the bride’s shoulders and heads covered.
There will be hundreds of people at the wedding. The most common count for the guests is somewhere around five hundred. This includes guests from the brides and grooms side. The second-family cousins and guests are invited for main functions only, including Ganesha Pooja, Mehndi or sangeet, and reception. Some people separate the mehndi and sangeet functions where one day the bride gets hina tattooed on their arms and feet while the next day groom joins in for a sangeet function.
There are a lot of functions, but it all breaks down to the tradition both families follow. Some Punjabis take it low and slow and only have a three-day function with close family. Others do a complete minutest detail followed up by the event manager and extend the functions to a week or more ceremonies.
There are many rituals followed by all Indians, including Jai mala, a flower necklace that the bride and groom make each other wear, seven steps where the bride and groom touch the lined stones with their toes while pandit reads seven promises in Hindi. That’s how modern Indian wedding traditions are.
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