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The Indian Wedding Traditions: Learn more About Indian Weddings

Updated on May 23, 2014
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Weddings are sacred and beautiful events all over the world. There is a deeply ingrained tradition that most of the wedding ceremonies follow. Indian weddings are among the most mysterious and culture rich ceremonies that we can ever witness. It is wonderful to see that these traditions up until today are being observed and kept.

However, with the event of modernization, there is always a chance that these beautiful traditions will be lost. We must constantly remind ourselves of the different traditions in order to keep them alive. We have compiled some of the most important Indian wedding traditions that should always remain to keep weddings beautiful and meaningful.

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Kanyadaan

One of the most emotional and meaningful traditions in Indian wedding is the Kanyadaan. This is the ceremonial giving away of the father of his daughter to the bridegroom. This is present in a lot of cultures and not just for India. This is a tradition that a lot of people from all over the globe would be able to relate to without even understanding the language. The actions speak very eloquently for what is happening.

The Kanyadaan is done by placing the bride’s right hand into the groom’s right hand by the father or oldest male relative alive. Everyone can agree that this moment is one of the most touching and important traditions in any wedding because it is very symbolic.

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Panigrahana

This ritual is done in the presence of fire and symbolizes the groom’s acknowledgement of taking his wife as his responsibility. This happens when the groom takes the closed right hand of the bride in his hand as a sign of union.

The closed right hand symbolizes the girl’s heart and the groom’s action of taking it implies that he will keep her heart forever and keep it safe. Some people may not be aware of the deep and touching meaning of this tradition but when they do, this is going to be one of the tear jerker traditions in Indian wedding ceremonies.

Solah Shringar

Every bride wants to look her prettiest during her wedding day and Indian women are no different. In fact, they go through sixteen make-up or adornment stages which solah shringar means. The bride would beautify herself from head to toe with the use of make-up and various indian wedding accessories.

Accessories would start from the hair, which is tied up, and ends to the toe. All accessories that girls can think of would be included here – hair accessories, necklaces, earrings, nose rings, armband, bracelets and bangles, thumb ring and even anklets and toe rings.

Make-up would include the use of sindoon and bindi on the forehead. Kajal, which is a heavy dark eyeliner used by brides, is even highly popular these days and used by women all over the world to get a more exotic look. Mehndi, one of the most popular Indian traditions, is also used by the bride to complete her look. There are so many beautiful bridal mehndi designs that bride can choose to complement with their wedding dress.

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Saptapadi

The Saptapadi or the seven step ritual is one of the most important traditions in Indian wedding ceremonies. Each step that the bride and groom takes symbolizes a vow that they would both make to one another. This is often performed near a fire.

While doing this, a sacred verse is usually recited. Once this is done, the bride and groom are considered husband and wife. What makes the Indian culture so rich is that every action has a symbolism and while words are important, there is a deeper meaning to all the actions done in an Indian wedding.

Mangalsutra

The mangalsutra is a sacred necklace usually made of black and gold beads with a gold or diamond pendant. The groom would put this on his bride’s neck to symbolize the woman’s marital status. For people who have no idea that this is the true meaning behind this tradition, they will think that it is just awfully sweet of the groom to give his wife such a lovely gift during the wedding.

Sagaai

Sagaai happens before the wedding and this is what is known to most people as the engagement. For Indian culture, this marks the start of the wedding ceremony. And if we really think about it, this should be the start of all weddings as this is the time when a man would promise his woman a life together in love and harmony.

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