All weddings are a joyous affair to enjoy. However, an Indian wedding is an outstanding affair where each ritual for pre-and post-wedding holds significance. With this in mind, the participants take utmost measures to ensure the evil eye (Buri Nazar) is far to guarantee the new couple enjoys a peaceful life together.
Moreover, the wedding venue does not matter whether it’s in your house or the city’s best gardens; each wedding has roots of customs and traditions. These customs may be from myths, superstitions, facts, or just something that started as a fun, and it still exists as a popular custom till now.
Still, each custom and practice during a wedding ceremony has profound moral and spiritual meaning. Hindus have among the unique traditions that adhere to these rituals and endure the rules of marriage.
See below Indian wedding facts you probably didn’t know about.
Interesting Indian Wedding Facts
- Contrary to usual wedding ceremonies, concluding on a specific Indian wedding date is a unique process. First, the wedding happens on selective dates, and it is not a personal decision among the couple and close family. They seek the priests, numerologists, and astrologers to declare a good day for the wedding. According to Indians, dates play a significant role in wedding ceremonies and marriage life as a whole.
- Similar to most matches, the compatibility of the couple is also very crucial. However, people include the boy and girl’s horoscope’s compatibility to ensure they fit each other. They believe that a couple with a compatible horoscope leads to a long-lasting and happy marriage.
- The engagement ceremony can either be part of the wedding ceremony or few months before the wedding. The latter is crucial as it gives the bride-to-be and groom-to-be time to know more about each other. Still, the engagement ceremony is not private but occurs before all the family members.
- A ‘Shagun’ happens after engagement but before the wedding ceremony where both families exchange gifts on several functions.
- Even Indian weddings have cards with the traditional invites having specific hues of red, saffron, green and yellow, but modern ones have diversity to ensure vibrancy. Also, it is essential that the first card designed is presented to Lord Ganesha to bless the couple on the new journey in marriage.
- Before the wedding day, the mehndi’s application ensures that it is so dark to signify a stronger marriage. If the henna/mehndi remains longer on the bride’s hands than on the groom, it shows that her in-laws will love her more. Still, the mehndi’s primary role was to calm the nerves from body tension on the D-day.
- The Indian couple should have a grand bath, also called the Mangal Snanam, together at dawn before the wedding process begins. This bath signified their purification in their readiness for the upcoming several wedding rites of the day.
- Sindoor, the red vermilion powder, was a symbol of matrimony for the Indian woman that she gets on her wedding day. However, it also has health benefits as the components of lime, turmeric, and tiny metal mercury cools down the body and makes it active. Still, it is said to trigger some sexual drive within the woman.
- The Hindu brides use their right foot to tilt the Kalash filled with food grains on the new house’s inception. This symbol showed that her addition to the new family would bring health and prosperity to the couple’s life.
- Also, the Vidaai stage in the wedding ceremony involves the bride crying. This shows that if the bride cries so much at her wedding, she will live a happy marriage. Still, some cultures believe that a tear or more shows she will never cry again in her marriage life.
- Even though it was banned, you will still see some groom’s family receiving hefty gifts from the brides’ side in the form of money and other valuables like property. However, in an Indian Muslim marriage, the groom gifts the bride before and after the wedding.
- It is expected for the nayi dulhan to prepare a delicious meal on her first day in her new kitchen. This way, it will bring good fortune to her new life.
Generally, there are fascinating superstitious rituals in an Indian wedding that are not all true. Matter of fact is that marriages should be on love, trust, and understanding whether or not you follow the traditions before you.