Jose John December 17, 2015 No Comments
AN INDIAN WEDDING Wedding is the most solemn affair in India. A wedding ceremony in a Hindu family symbolizes a true Indian wedding as they are the ancient people of the land. A marriage in a Christian family has a tinge of western customs while one in a Muslim family has a colouring of Arab culture. But a Hindu marriage signifies the cultural traditions of India. Gradually many of the customs of marriage are being adopted by Muslims too. Many of the customs prevail among them since they were Hindus. Although the customs have been changing with the change in times, a common feature till the fifties and sixties was the gay marriage procession. The bridegroom would sit on a decorated horse (actually mare) like a prince. The clothes are gay and costly. There used to be a sword buckled to his waist as if he comes to win the lady by force. Now when he enters the house he cuts the chord from which a sieve hangs. It signifies the victory. The ladies related to the bride welcome the bridegroom with ‘Aarati’, garlands and flowers. In some parts the bridegroom would recite some verses too. Now all these customs have been disappearing in cities. But in villages they...
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