Indian weddings are known to be hosted and celebrated in the grandest manner possible. The traditions in Indian weddings vary from one region to another. India is known as the land of diversity and this fact is evident from the varied kinds of wedding traditions followed in the country. But there are some rituals and customs that feature in almost all kinds of Indian weddings.
Common Indian Wedding Traditions
Some of the common traditions in Indian weddings have been listed below.
- Haldi Ceremony
- Sangeet Ceremony
- Engagement Ceremony
- Wedding Baraat
Haldi and Sangeet Ceremony
The Haldi ceremony is hosted before a wedding. Haldi or turmeric paste is applied to the body of the bride. In some of the Indian weddings, the Haldi ritual is also performed on the the bride. The Sangeet ceremony is more part of the traditions of North Indian weddings. The groom and the bride's family come together to amid celebrations to get to know each other better.
The engagement ceremony is another one of the important traditions in Indian weddings. Bride and groom exchange rings promising to get married to each other.
Wedding Baraat and Vidaai
In Indian weddings, the groom arrives at the bride's place to get married. The arrival of the groom's family signals the beginning of the Baraat ceremony. After the wedding gets over, the bride has to leave her parent's home to live with her husband. The farewell ceremony in Indian weddings in called the Vidaai.
Weddings in India are treated as a moment to share the joy and happiness of a couple getting married. The unique traditions in Indian weddings further add to the attractiveness of the memorable event.
MEHNDI WEDDING CUSTOMS:
Mehndi has great significance in all Eastern wedding traditions, and no wedding is complete without the decoration of the bride's hands and feet - in many cultures on both the front and back of the hands right up to the elbow, and on the bottom half of the legs. The mehndi night is something like a hen night in the West, with all the bride's female friends and relatives getting together to celebrate. They spend the evening singing traditional mehndi songs, which tell of the good luck and blessings that mehndi will bring, and of its significance with different in-laws.