weddings in india are very bright events, filled with ritual and celebration, that continue for several days. They are generally not small affairs, with anywhere between 100 to 10,000 people attending.Many of the wedding customs are common among Hindus, Jains, Sikhs, and even Muslims. They are a combination of local, religious, and family traditions.
A Vedic sage emphasized that the basis of happy and fulfilling married life is the sense of unity, intimacy and love between husband and wife. Thus, marriage is not for self-indulgence, but rather should be considered a lifelong social and spiritual responsibility. Married life is considered an opportunity for two people to grow from life partners into soul mates.
Wedding traditions vary across religion, caste, ethnicity, language, region, etc. Traditional weddings in india are generally structured into pre-wedding ceremonies, wedding day ceremonies etc.
All of the rituals vary based on family traditions. Some of the rituals are performed in slightly different ways in different regions.
Weddings in North India
North Indian weddings also follow a lot of rituals and customs. North Indian wedding traditions include many rites and rituals performed on the D-day.
In traditional North Indian weddings, the main ceremony takes place at the brides’ home. There are many pre-wedding and post-wedding ceremonies as well.
Weddings in South India
South Indian wedding traditions and ceremonies are no exception. As one enters the place or venue of ceremony of a South Indian wedding, one notice things such as full-grown plantain trees tied to both the gateposts, festoons overhead of mango leaves, and screw-pine petals that never fade, notes of the Nadaswaram, the South Indian Shehnai, Kolam or Rangoli designs at the doorsteps and the like.
Weddings in West India
The West Indian wedding traditions mainly include the traditions of Maharashtrian, Gujarati and Marwari weddings.
The Maharashtrian wedding ceremony exhibits wonderful magnificence. Usually, marriages among the Maharashtrians take place in the morning. An auspicious time or Muhurat is chosen, which is known as the Goraj Muhurat. During the ceremony at the time of Shubh Muhurat, the girl’s maternal uncle escorts her to the Mandap. The girl and boy are not allowed to see each other for some time. Then the shlokas are chanted and this is followed by the removal of Antarpaat. People shower Akshata (unbroken rice) on the couple. The garlands are then exchanged between the bride and groom and the couple takes Saat Pheras or Mangal Pheras in front of the holy fire.
Weddings in East India
The East Indian wedding traditions mainly include the marriage traditions of West Bengal, Orissa, Assam and other northeastern states of India.
Bengali wedding ceremonies consist of simple but meaningful rituals. There are plenty of interesting Bengali wedding traditions and customs, which enable close friends and relatives to come together and share joyous moments while celebrating the union of two souls.