Punjabis are pompous and lavish when it comes to marriages. That is why these weddings have several different rituals, starting from inviting relatives with Punjabi wedding cards. You also get to savour the delicious Punjabi cuisine, rich in ghee and spices.
Punjabi weddings and their rituals are unique and full of fun and blessings. Each Punjabi wedding ritual has its own importance. From the beginning to the end, all wedding rituals are performed in accordance with Shri Guru Granth Sahib Ji. The most precious Punjabi matrimonial ritual is Anand Karaj.
TThe Sikh religious ceremony itself is exactly that, a religious one. You have to wear a head covering and no shoes to be present in the gurdwara. You're showing respect by adhering to the dress code and rules.
This is the simplest, most tentative, and smallest ceremony in which the two parties, including the key members of the man and woman, express interest in each other and promise not to wander off to someone else without a prior intimation or some solid reason. It literally means "halt" or "stoppage." (It can be broken off without any legal repercussions or damage to the reputation; very little money is spent on it.) Marriage may take a couple of years to materialise after this ceremony, or if one party has any doubts, they may inform the other party and break this quasi-formal commitment.
Mangni means betrothal. That is a pre-nuptial ceremony. The parents and relatives of both the groom and bride meet up. Then there are various traditions specific to different regions of the country. In Punjab, both the groom and the bride's family present each other with the jewels (including the mangalsutra to be worn by the bride and the ring to be worn by the groom-considered important or very important in many communities) and ceremonial dresses to be worn by the would-be couple during the marriage ceremony. In our family, the marriage ceremony lasts three days, while in some states or communities it is either a day or even extends to five days, depending on local tradition.
All weddings have a sangeet ceremony, which takes place before the wedding ceremony. The bride's family and the groom's family attend the ceremony, and they sing and dance to traditional wedding songs. You have to decide on the venue, the decor, the songs and dances for the sangeet ceremony and book a photographer for the event. The invitations for the sangeet ceremony were sent online to friends and family. Parekh Cards created very good invitation cards, and I sent them using mobile phones and emails. They have good designs and graphics for the cards. They employ designers to make the cards.
Every day at the bride's house, her friends and family cousins gather to sing folk Punjabi wedding songs and play Dholki. Since it is only a function for women, the girl's mother, sisters, aunts, and female friends do Punjabi folk dances in front of the bride, such as Gidda Summi, etc., and express their happiness.
The Mehndi function is one of the many pre-wedding ceremonies in India. It is colorful, festive, and lots of fun. To sum it up, it was a special day. From the wedding galore to the Mehndi decor, it should be spectacular. Before your wedding, the mehendi ceremony is one of the times when the bride gets to spend some fun moments with her closest ones. Beautiful mehendi decoration aids in the creation of fun photographs with her girl gang. Mehendi makes the hands of the bride more beautiful. Also, the decoration of the mehendi should fascinate everyone.
On the day of Mehndi, the girl's family and her relatives, female friends, etc., get together and start the function of Mehndi. It starts as the girl's friends and cousins gather at a designated place and carry a box of henna (a beautiful box of liquid mehndi and a candle) to the bride, one by one. Then the function of Mehndi begins. I can't write about what happened at the Mehndi function because I am tired.
On the other hand, the (groom) boy has the same henna ritual, but one thing that is extra is that the boy's friend and family members wear the Ganna around his arm. I do not know what the Ganna is called in English. After the Ganna and Mehndi functions, the groom's father, uncles, friends, and cousins do Punjabi folk dances like Ghumbar, Luddi, etc.
It is a Punjabi ritual. Jaggo is a ceremony held the night before the wedding day. After completing all the day's chores, relatives and neighbours gather in the home where the wedding will be. The eldest female member or the bride would carry a pot and a stand with lamps over it on her head. All the other friends and relatives follow her. They start singing Punjabi folk songs accompanied by giddha and bhangra, and meep moving to the streets and going to a few homes. Again, they dance over there, eating sweets or some refreshment. Then come back to your home in the same manner. Every few minutes, the pot is shifted to the heads of all members so that everyone has a chance to carry it.
This is the most enjoyable event of the marriage ceremony as everyone participates in the event and sings and dances and enjoys it. Otherwise, on the wedding day, family members are more than busy.
Chooda is a set of Bengals that is traditionally worn by a bride on her wedding day and for at least 40 days afterwards, particularly in Punjabi weddings. Wearing the Chooda is primarily a Punjabi tradition. Sindhoor and Mangalsutra are other adornments worn by married women, typically of Hindu religious background and not Sikhs. Though in fashion, many girls and ladies wear Chooda of different designs and made of different materials, but the original Chooda is made of lach.
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