Mangni/ Shagai/ Ring ceremony/ Engagement: The engagement ceremony is the first ceremonial meeting of the bride’s and groom’s extended families and found that the bride and groom are firmly dedicated to one another. This ritual, called a Sagai, verifies both families’ aim of marriage. The families pray for the blessings of Lord Ganesh 2)
Sagan: This ceremony is held at the groom's house or a third place like banquet hall. The bride's father applies tilak to groom's forehead and then offers him gifts him sweets and presents. Bride'srRelatives and friends also come to present gifts, sweets and to bless the to be Groom. 3)
Chunni Chadai: This ceremony takes place post the 'Sagan' function. Now the Groom's family visits the would be Bride's house. Thenafter the Groom's sister or sister-in-law presents the Bride a Red 'Chunni' or a Red Saree. The Bride then gets dressed in the same clothes brought by the Groom's parents. 4)
Another factor that makes Indian weddings so fascinating is the variety that is witnessed in the weddings of different regions and religions of the country. It is a true representation of the diverse nature of the land. People in different places celebrate this auspicious occasion according to their own rituals and customs. In fact, there are so many ways in which the weddings in India can be classified that it is actually difficult to clearly categorize them.
The Indian Wedding has a variety of function before the main event. Each function is done for a particular purpose. The celebrations start from the engagement and then shifts towards the musical night, which is just like a small festival where everyone who is invited has fun, sing, and dance. This musical night is arranged separately for the bride and groom’s side. The mehndi ceremony where the girls hand is beautifully decorated with mehndi. It is said that if the color of the mehndi is dark that...
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