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Pre Wedding Ceremonies
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Pre Wedding Ceremonies

  • Engagement Ceremony
  • Indian weddings are known for their elaborate ceremonies and opulent celebrations. Besides, they are held in a very traditional manner, commemorating numerous rituals as per the ancient Vedic era. This has sanctified the institution of marriage, making it one of the most important happenings in one's life. Engagement ceremony is one such ceremony which marks the beginning of the wedding concord. It is also knows as the sagai ceremony or ring ceremony.

    It is one of the first ceremonies that takes place between the two families and the would-be bride and groom. The engagement ceremony is basically a brief ritual wherein the couple exchanges gold rings. This ensures both the parties that the girl and the boy are now hooked. This is why it is also called the ring ceremony. This is followed by exchange of gifts between the families like sweets, dry fruits etc. this is followed by either a lunch or dinner party.

    In some families the sagai ceremony is clubbed with the engagement itself. This is another pre wedding ceremony, which strengthens the bond between the both families. In sagai, the bride is given jewelry, clothes, make-up kit and baby toys, by the mother of the groom. On the other hand, the groom is put tilak and given gifts by the family of the bride. A havan is also performed at times. Here also a lot of gifts such as fruits, sweets, clothes are exchanged between the two.

    These ceremonies are performed differently in different parts of the country and are even called by different names, such as aashirwad ceremony, chunni chadana, sagan ceremony, magni etc. However, the essence of all these ceremonies is the same. Besides, quite often, the date of the marriage is also decided and confirmed at these ceremonies. These ceremonies thus, conclude with the blessings of the elderly and the Almighty.

  • Mehendi Ceremony
  • The Mehendi Ceremony is a fun filled Hindu wedding ritual that is mostly celebrated at the bride's place. Today the pre-wedding ceremonies in India are not just a small affair where only family members and friends get together, but it is celebrated on a large scale. There are different religions in the country with different traditions and ritual that have their own way of celebrating the Mehendi Ceremony. In the ceremony, the female friends and relatives apply turmeric paste on the bride's hands, feet and face. A beautiful design is drawn on the hands of the bride that is usually done by an expert.

  • Sangeet Ceremony
  • Sangeet Ceremony is one of the most fun filled traditional events. The ceremony is performed at the bride's house few days before the wedding. In Sangeet Ceremony families from both sides meet each other and sing, dance along. This ceremony makes the family members from both the sides comfortable. Traditionally the event used to take place in only north Indian weddings. But now-a-days, the trend of Sangeet Ceremony is taking place in south Indian and Bengali marriages also.

  • Sagan Ceremony
  • Punjabi weddings are famed for their grandeur and opulence. Punjabis pull all stops when it comes to celebration and their wedding frequently resembles a carnival. Sagan is the first ceremony in a Punjabi Wedding preceding a long list of rituals. Sagan Ceremony is usually performed in the groom's house or in a banquet hall if the number of guests is more. The Sagan Ceremony is usually held ten or twelve days before the day of the marriage. The girl's family visit the groom's carrying 'tikka' material and wrapped gifts. Sagan is basically a ceremony where the relatives from both the sides get to know each other.

  • Tilak Ceremony
  • Tilak ceremony is the first step in the relationship of bride and groom's family. In India, it is generally attended by male members of both the families. The bride's father along with other male relatives visits the house of the groom and applied tilak on the forehead of the groom to make sure that he is agreed to the marriage and the bride's family also accepted him as their son-in-law. In some places, the tilak is applied on the groom by bride's brother.

  • Engagement Ring
  • Occasions come in life to bring enjoyment and celebration. But when it comes to wedding, everyone would like to take benefit of this biggest celebration of life. Indian wedding, in particular, is not confined to just D-Day rather pre-wedding ceremonies are also accepted as important as the wedding. One of the major pre-wedding rituals is engagement. In the engagement ceremony both bride and groom wear rings to each other and bring their life into a new journey.

  • Haldi Ceremony
  • The haldi ceremony is being performed with lots of traditions and customs. It is general assumption that by applying haldi on to the body of groom and bride, the beauty of both of them would complex more at the D-Day. On the Haldi ceremony, the families of bride and groom apply haldi on them along with water. It is applied to bless the soon-to-be-wed couple with great fortune and prosperity. Turmeric powder is applied on the bride's face to ensure more sparkling skin for her wedding.

  • Roka Ceremony
  • The beginning of the newly married life for the couple starts from Roka ceremony. The pre-wedding ceremony is held at bride's home or the venue confirmed by her parents. It is the general assumption that roka ceremony is the first event of wedding in which both the families of bride and groom gather at a place and confirm their novel relationship to each other. On the background of the ceremony, matchmaking of both the mates is being done by the priest. Once the matchmaking is done, roka ceremony is held on the consent of the families of bride and groom.

    The roka ceremony is the event that is mostly popular in Punjabi tradition. It is depended on the budget of the family to conduct it as a big function or just a simple one. During the ceremony, both bride and groom wear designer clothes or ethnic wear along with matching colors to look as the prettiest couple amongst all. Both the families bring gifts, sweets, fruits and dry fruits to exchange with each other and greeted best wishes for the better future of the upcoming married couple.

    After all the rituals and customs being performed at the roka ceremony, the relatives of both the families enjoy dancing at the DJ and take pleasure of mouth-watering food served by the hosting family, throughout the night. At the end, the relatives congratulate each other and promise to meet again at the further ceremonies. Therefore, roka ceremony is the first step into the new journey of newly bonded families, particularly the bride and groom.

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