India is such a huge country in sense of cultures and religions. There are local city, state and national celebrations. We can divide Occasions in two parts, Social Functions and festivals.
Customs of Social Functions and festivals varies by region and religion.
In Religious festivals everybody enjoys with the nearest and dearest of friends and family dress up to look extremely good.
Wedding is main social function of Indian communities. Marriages are full of customs and celebrations that carry on for several days. These traditions and events are linked to the religion, tribe, caste, language etc.
Generally weddings are structured into three parts
1. Pre wedding ceremonies 2. Wedding day ceremonies 3. Post wedding ceremonies
During the wedding it is the bride who is the most extra-ordinarily dressed and it is rightly said that every girl dreams of her wedding dress. Moreover the wedding dress is both cherished and personal for a woman as it shows her inner self and is a deep reflection of her beauty. It has been evident that after the bride and the groom it is the bride’s mother for whom the event is of immense importance.
Indian weddings are known for their opulence and sophisticated nature. Though the main wedding function is limited to few hours on the wedding day, the pre-wedding and post wedding rituals and customs go on for no less than a week.
The pre-wedding rituals consist of all the customs that are done before the wedding rituals on the decorated Tents or the venue of marriage. Pre-wedding rituals are of enormous significance because they are measured to be fortunate and propitious for the forth coming wedding ceremony. Though people often think that only the Hindu marriage ceremonies have extensive pre-wedding rituals, almost all the Indian marriages have the same elaborate and intricate nature with almost four or five days devoted only for the pre-wedding functions. The pre-wedding programs do not always consist of serious but also some amusing and entertaining rituals.
In Hindu marriage ceremonies, the pre-wedding rituals begin days before the wedding date with Roka or official assurance of both the families towards marriage. It is Sangeet (Music Party) before engagement ceremony (Sagaai, Mangni), Mehndi (Heena), Haldi (peethi), and several such traditions varying from families to families. Even in a Muslim marriage, the progam of mehndi gazal and sangeet take place before the wedding ceremony. People of all other religions have different kinds of pre-wedding ceremonies to mark the beginning of the auspicious phase of marriage.
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