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8 Hindu Wedding Rituals

14th April 2020 by Natasha Goldstein

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The Wedding Date is picked by the stars

Astrologists calculate a suitable day for the wedding that's considered auspicious. Some days are not permitted for weddings as the Hindu calendar is lunar based and there are certain periods throughout the months and year that it is either unlucky or forbidden to marry.

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The Haldi Ceremony

One of the most fun events of the wedding is considered the Haldi Ceremony. In this ceremony, a paste of Haldi is applied on the bride and the groom's bodies before or on the morning of their wedding day. While this Ceremony can take different names in different regions, the process and the beliefs of applying the Haldi paste to the marrying couple remains the same.

The colour of the Haldi paste, yellow, is considered auspicious and is said to ward off evil.

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Jai Mala

The Bride and Groom gift each other with fresh flower garlands and place around each other's necks. This act signifies the desire of the couple of marry one another.

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Mangalsultra

During the Wedding, the groom places a gold necklace around the Bride's neck. This is called the Mangalsultra. The Mangalsultra is tied with three knots to signify a strong bond for 100 years.

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Mangalfera

The Bride and Groom walk around the fire four times (each a symbol of the four ashrams of life) exchanging vows of duty, love, fidelity and respect. In Hinduism, fire is regarded as a purifier and sustains life.

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Saptapadi

At the end of the ceremony, the Bride and Groom take seven vows which will seal their marriage forever. These vows are one of the most ancient aspects of the Hindu Wedding Ceremony. Without them, no ceremony is complete.

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Family fun and Games

As the groom arrives at the wedding venue, in a traditional game, the bride's female relatives and friends try to 'steal' the Groom's shoes and then demand a ransom.

Vidaai

Vidaai

The Vidaai is an emotional event that marks the completion of the wedding. This is where the Bride grabs five handfuls of rice and throws them over her head. This ritual signifies the bride is thankful for all her parents have given her and done for her over the years.

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