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Original author of the article Surabhi Nijhawan | via indiatimes

Some communities in India have the most out of the box wedding rituals.

1. Wedding at Sarsaul in Uttar Pradesh


Baarat

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In a small UP town called Sarsaul, they have a strange way to show their hospitality. The baraatis are not welcomed with flowers or Pan Parag! Instead, tomatoes are hurled at them. They believe that a relationship that begins on an unhappy note always turns into love.


2. Bengali Weddings


Bengali Wedding

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Early in the morning, the aunts of the bride set a plate of aarti full of goodies and offer it to the Ganges. They believe that the river will shower blessings on their daughter.

3. Assamese Weddings


Assamese Wedding

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The Rabha tribes of Assam have the most simple weddings. Only exchange of garlands. Of course, there is a lavish spread for the guests to indulge in later.

4. Tamil Brahmin Weddings


Tamil Wedding

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This could be one of the most unique wedding customs. Right before the groom enters the Mandap, he has to pretend to have a change of mind and opt for 'sanyaasam' (asceticism). Then, the father of the bride persuades him to choose 'Grahastham'(family life). This tradition is called 'Kasi Yaatrai'

5. Bihari Weddings


Women carrying earthen pot

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This could be slightly scary. The new bride is given a huge earthen pot to keep on her head by her mother-in-law. More pots are added to it to test the endurance of the bride. This is a test of her skills to maintain balance in the family.

6.  Kumaoni Weddings


Kumaon Wedding

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The most unique feature about these weddings is the use of flags. A white flag called 'Nishan' leads the baraat and represents the bridegroom. The last man in this procession holds a red flag that represents the bride.

7.  Malayalee Weddings


Malayalee wedding

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They are probably the most finicky about the auspicious time. Interestingly, the most auspicious time in their weddings is when they set out for the marriage venue and not the time for the actual rituals. Also, they take three rounds around the vedic fire.

8. Marathi Weddings


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They use a silk shawl called Antrapat to separate the bride and the groom. It is removed when the mangalshaktas (sacred mantras) are recited after which the bride and groom can see each other.

9. Punjabi Weddings




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The Ghara Gharoli ritual is extremely sacred amongst the Punjabis. The bride's sibling is supposed to fill a pitcher with water, from a nearby temple. The bride is then bathed in the same water after which she wears her wedding dress.

10. Gujarati Weddings


Gujju wedding

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Madhuparka is the ceremony when bride's parents welcome the groom. They wash his feet and offer Panchamrut, a liquid made up of milk, honey, yogurt, sugar and ghee. Only then he enters the mandap.

Unique Wedding Customs That Happen Only In India







Original author of the article Surabhi Nijhawan | via indiatimes

Some communities in India have the most out of the box wedding rituals.

1. Wedding at Sarsaul in Uttar Pradesh


Baarat

larockphotography.com

In a small UP town called Sarsaul, they have a strange way to show their hospitality. The baraatis are not welcomed with flowers or Pan Parag! Instead, tomatoes are hurled at them. They believe that a relationship that begins on an unhappy note always turns into love.


2. Bengali Weddings


Bengali Wedding

wedlocksindia.wordpress.com

Early in the morning, the aunts of the bride set a plate of aarti full of goodies and offer it to the Ganges. They believe that the river will shower blessings on their daughter.

3. Assamese Weddings


Assamese Wedding

theweddingtravellers.com

The Rabha tribes of Assam have the most simple weddings. Only exchange of garlands. Of course, there is a lavish spread for the guests to indulge in later.

4. Tamil Brahmin Weddings


Tamil Wedding

Bollywoodshaadis.com

This could be one of the most unique wedding customs. Right before the groom enters the Mandap, he has to pretend to have a change of mind and opt for 'sanyaasam' (asceticism). Then, the father of the bride persuades him to choose 'Grahastham'(family life). This tradition is called 'Kasi Yaatrai'

5. Bihari Weddings


Women carrying earthen pot

wsj.net

This could be slightly scary. The new bride is given a huge earthen pot to keep on her head by her mother-in-law. More pots are added to it to test the endurance of the bride. This is a test of her skills to maintain balance in the family.

6.  Kumaoni Weddings


Kumaon Wedding

Umeshpant.com

The most unique feature about these weddings is the use of flags. A white flag called 'Nishan' leads the baraat and represents the bridegroom. The last man in this procession holds a red flag that represents the bride.

7.  Malayalee Weddings


Malayalee wedding

nrimalayalee.com

They are probably the most finicky about the auspicious time. Interestingly, the most auspicious time in their weddings is when they set out for the marriage venue and not the time for the actual rituals. Also, they take three rounds around the vedic fire.

8. Marathi Weddings


marathi wedding

Jasoneggleston.net

They use a silk shawl called Antrapat to separate the bride and the groom. It is removed when the mangalshaktas (sacred mantras) are recited after which the bride and groom can see each other.

9. Punjabi Weddings




thequalityhub.com

The Ghara Gharoli ritual is extremely sacred amongst the Punjabis. The bride's sibling is supposed to fill a pitcher with water, from a nearby temple. The bride is then bathed in the same water after which she wears her wedding dress.

10. Gujarati Weddings


Gujju wedding

coloursphofilm.wordpress.com

Madhuparka is the ceremony when bride's parents welcome the groom. They wash his feet and offer Panchamrut, a liquid made up of milk, honey, yogurt, sugar and ghee. Only then he enters the mandap.

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