The Glory of North Indian Weddings
North Indian weddings have definitely cast its magic spell all around the world. Surprisingly many north Indian customs like Mehendi and Sangeet is being inherited in many South Indian Marriages. Not only the opulence of traditions and customs are embraced but also the elaborate wedding clothes seem to be geared up with many parts of India. A very important part of the north Indian wedding is the mehndi ceremony. The women of the family are a part of this ritual in which they apply mehndi or henna on the palms and feet of the bride. This is considered to be auspicious. The main ceremony and reception on the third day as well as the sangeet during the second day are attended by most of the guests.
Designing the dream wedding with the north Indian tradition allows the individuals to enjoy the rich rituals and customs .Like any other community , every single custom and practice followed in the north Indian wedding has a rooted spiritual and philosophical significance. The grand rituals filled with royal grandeur, vivid colours and happiness is acknowledged by the name ‘Vivah’. The events of a Hindu wedding normally take place over the span of three days with different events taking place each day.
The multi day affair starts with Sagai. Sagai is an Indian wedding ritual that precedes the wedding, Mehendi party is celebrated to sign off the evil eyes, Sangeet is more of a get together to enjoy the music, dance and it is more of a stress buster, Baraat and Tika Ceremony – formal procession of welcoming the bride’s family, Jai Mala or Var Mala Ceremony- exchanging the garlands, Pheras- signifying the big Mangalsutra event, Vidaai –the emotional movement of sending the bride to the groom’s house. The wedding rituals may vary from caste to caste but the proceeding prominence will have their own sequence.