The Punjabi wedding is popular across the globe, all thanks to Bollywood. Full of gusto, color and great food, it has become nothing less than a grand spectacle everyone should experience at least once in a lifetime. So, without any further due, here are 7 wonderful things that go in to make an authentic Punjabi wedding, an experience to remember.
Let the beats roll as we enter into the land of dhols and lassis:
The Roka is an official engagement ceremony to announce to the world that the search for a bride or a groom from both sides has culminated fruitfully. The function involves the bride’s family visiting the groom, in the absence of their daughter to give him the Sagan (the gifted money) and sweets. This is followed by the groom and his family paying a visit to the bride and gifting them as well. Talk about great beginnings!
This is when the festivities kick in. Sangeet, as the name suggests stands for music and this is exactly what happens during the time of the Sangeet. Traditonally, it is a means of coming together, the Sangeet is attended by the ladies of the families and those invited specially for this. It is accompanied by Dholak and spoon, for the tune and beat. After this, all the unmarried girls perform dance on the different songs. Nowadays, the Sangeet is themed from ideas as varied as Arabian to Medieval Indian.
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Mehendi or the decoration of the bride’s palms and feet is an elaborative affair. The sister and brother-in-law of the groom take mehndi to the bride's place. This Mehendi is applied to the bride's hand and feet. They also give dry fruits and dates, half of which are consumed by the bride and the other half by the groom. Besides lending color to the hands, Mehendi is a very powerful medicinal herb. Application of mehndi can prevent too much stress because it cools the body and nerves stress-free.
The Chudha translates to bangles. This is when the maternal uncles, assisted by the maternal aunts put the wedding bangles on the bride by dipping them in milk, or milk mixed with water. This is followed by adding coconut-shaped decorations that hang from a bangle or kara. Bangles are usually worn by the bride for a year as a symbol of the newly wed.
On the D-day, there are a lot of activities that take place. Right from fetching holy water from the local Gurudwara, to dressing up the bride and groom and escorting them to the venue, there are a lot of rituals that mark the beginning of the wedding day. After the cheerful banter and playfulness, guests from both the sides, pose for a photo at the Gurudwara and the groom cuts the ceremonial ribbon, which begins the blissful union of Anand Karaj.
This takes place in the Gurdwara Darbar Sahib (main room). Relative from both the sides pay their respect to the Guru Granth Sahib (holy book) and take a seat in the Darbar Sahib. The Groom, escorted by his best man arrives and takes a seat followed by the bride who is led into the hall by her brothers. In the backdrop of sacred chants, the bride’s father performs the Kanyadaan. The palla of the groom’s suit is linked to the bride’s wrist and the marriage hymns are sung.
A sumptuous feast with dance and music to follow. The whole world regales about his spectacle affair.
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