Friday, August 8, 2014

10 Interesting Facts You May Not Know About Indian Weddings

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By Ruby Andrews

India serves as a perfect example of a country that boasts of a rich cultural diversity with more than a billion inhabitants and close to 15000 ethnic communities. In its diversity, the uniqueness of their wedding attracts a huge following. To many, Indian weddings are just but a lavish affair but it is also one that seamlessly fits into ancient traditions. Here are 10 interesting facts you may not have known about Indian weddings.


India is a country that holds a strong belief about horoscopes. This belief trickles down to any relationship. Before exchanging vows, most Hindu families consult with the horoscopes to ascertain if the relationship is valid and none of their respective stars jeopardizes the others life.

Day of the marriage

 Besides checking the compatibility of the couple, the green light on the days is communicated by the astrologers. The families of both the bride and he groom are required to consult with priest prior to any arrangements.

Payment of dowry

This tradition remains inconsistent with most of the world's traditions. Here, the bride makes payment of dowry to the grooms' family. This tradition known as the Meher. The bride presents cash, jewellery, and other valuables to the groom before vows are exchanged.

Henna application 

Before the wedding, the bride is supposed to apply henna on her hands and feet. This requirement holds a deep belief among Indians. A deeper coloration signifies a lasting union. After application of the henna, the bride is exempted from all household chores. All this aimed at keeping the color intact.

Veiled groom 

This mainly observed in communities that live in the northern parts of India. The groom is actually veiled here to protect him from evil eyes. As the ceremony proceeds, one of the brides' relative lifts the veil and confirms that he is indeed the one.

Color codes 

An Indian wedding is a colorful event. It is inauspicious to come to the wedding in black and white attire. This tradition has been compromised in the recent past. Modern day brides have some traces of white lehengas and saris. Overall, it is unacceptable for anyone in attendance to wear black and white clothes.

Ransom shoes 

Among the Punjabi community, younger girls from the grooms' family will hide the grooms' shoes. Upon realization that his shoes are missing, he is expected to pay ransom to have them back. He offers gold, silver and Kalicharis. This happens before the curtains fall.

Application of turmeric paste

 This paste is applied on the bodies of the bride and the groom. Besides its appealing look, it serves an important role in the cleansing exercise. Just like the bride and the groom, everyone present should maintain a consistent radiant look.

The Baarat

 This wonderful procession is marked by dancing to wonderful melodies by the groom's family members. Here, the bride's family offers flowers and gifts in return.

Sprinkling of Sindoor 

The groom sprinkles on the bride's hair. Application of this reddish powder is a sign of marriage. The sindoor serves to adorn the brides head, as the two remain married. In most instances, descriptions about the proceedings of Indian weddings are not sufficient. A personal experience is unforgettable. With an Indian Visa, one can visit the India during the wedding season and can watch these eye-catching scenes which are unforgettable during your lifetime.

Author bio

Ruby Andrew lives in Bristol, UK and is an avid reader and blogger. Since her early years she’s had a passion for writing. Her articles have been published in leading UK newspapers. Her areas of interest are food, reviews (Book/Movie), Travel, Fashion, and Lifestyle. She works as a guest blogger on her chosen areas of interest and currently writes on behalf of Indian visa.

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