Five Indian wedding rituals that are quite bizarre
Dec 08, 2022, 03:30 am
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Weddings are not just about two people in love getting married. It also involves bringing together family, friends, relatives and neighbors under one roof for the celebrations.
Indian weddings are a mix of traditions and customs that have been handed down from generation to generation.
These are five unusual and fascinating wedding rituals that are practiced in India.
Tomato festival in Uttar Pradesh
Do you recall the La Tomatina Festival, celebrated in Spain each year?
Sarasaul, Uttar Pradesh, hosts its own version. The groom’s family celebrates the event by throwing tomatoes at them instead of giving rose petals.
According to belief, a marriage will blossom if it starts off on a strange, chaotic note.
Nga Thaba ritual in Manipur
Manipuri tradition follows an unusual and auspicious ritual called “Anipuri Wedding”. Nga Thaba Two women from the groom’s and one from the bride’s sides release two healthy fish into the pond.
Fish are usually ngamu Or a smaller version of Channa orientalis.
It is believed that fish will move together and make a happy union.
Sindhi weddings: The groom’s attire being torn
Sindhi weddings follow a weird tradition called saanth The groom’s family applies oil to his head and then makes him wear a shoe on the right foot.
The next step is to take off his clothes to signify that he’s moving on from his single life and into married life.
This tradition is believed by many to protect against evil.
The Bengali wedding does not include the mother of the groom and bride.
Mothers of the bride and groom in traditional Bengali weddings are not permitted to attend!
According to traditional beliefs, the emotional attachment between a mother and her child is bad luck. If she watches the wedding proceedings, it can bring down the couple’s luck.
Other ancient beliefs suggest that mothers have an evil eye and can cause marital problems.
Gujarati weddings: Milk and honey
Traditional Gujarati weddings are based on a bizarre tradition known as Madhuparka Where the father/mother of the bride will welcome the groom to her home Mandap Wash his feet to show him that you care and to establish his superiority.
The groom then receives a milk-and-honey drink.
During this ceremony, the bride’s sister steal his shoes. This is called juta churai.