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Published On: Wed, Jul 10th, 2019

Fun Rituals, Traditional Dances and Good Food: A Part of North Indian Weddings

For Hindus, marriages are made in heaven and once it solemnizes the two souls get together for seven lifetimes. To celebrate the coming together of two people, the North Indian weddings are witnessed with close and distant family and friends. The ceremonies are celebrated with full pomp and show. There are many traditional rituals that are followed and there are a few more that are filled with fun. These were originally meant to break the ice between bride and groom, especially in an arranged marriage where the two would have not spent any time together. But, even if the two know each other well, these rituals add a fun factor, and everyone enjoys watching them along with the couple.

In Hindu culture, marriage denotes entry into second phase or ashram of life, which is the ‘Garhasthya ashram’. Whether a person found the soul mate through a Hindi Matrimony site or otherwise, the weddings mean elaborate rituals and ceremonies that last for days.

photo/ Sachin Goel

The Rituals

Every single custom or ritual that takes place in a North Indian wedding ceremony has deep spiritual significance and philosophical explanation. There can be some minor differences in the rituals as each community takes its own spin based on cultural influences and geographical location, but the basic essence remains the same.

North Indian Weddings: Filled with Grandeur

In some communities, marriages are a simple but elegant affair, but in North Indian weddings, it spells grandeur and pomp. They are big on fun, frolic and colours, unlike their South Indian counterparts where the celebrations are comparatively demure and modest.

North Indian weddings are so much cooler and happening with loads of singing and dancing. You will all hit Bollywood music playing in the wedding and people dancing their hearts out to it. There are also traditional wedding songs called ‘banna, banni’ that are sung on different occasions throughout the marriage. Not only the bride and groom but all family members and extended family members are decked up in the finest of clothes. The celebration and ceremonies go on for long, but then they form the memories that people cherish forever.

Attending a North Indian wedding is like exploring the northern belt of the country. You will get the flavour of traditional food, attires, rituals, songs etc.

All those attending the wedding get the warmest of all hospitality. Food is an essential part of any Indian wedding and hosts make sure that all traditional dishes along with the famous ones from the region are prepared to give their guests the best culinary experience. With savouries served as starters to main course and desserts, there are such a lot of dishes that it wouldn’t be an overstatement to say that Indian wedding is no less than a food tour.

There are a lot of communities that fall under northern belt and traditionally each community is interested to find the match within their own community like the Yadav will log in to Yadav Matrimony and so on.

The common theme despite minor changes in rituals and customs of all different versions of the North Indian wedding is the commitment along with a proclivity towards adherence to the customs and traditions.

Author: Sherley Grimes

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