Traditional Weddings: Customs and Ceremonies
Weddings are one of the most beautiful and joyous occasions celebrated in every part of the world. It is a celebration of love, union, and commitment, which is marked by beautiful customs and ceremonies.
Different cultures have their own unique practices and rituals when it comes to weddings. From exchanging rings to cutting the cake, every little ceremony and tradition reflects the cultural and social values of that community.
In this blog post, we have listed a few common customs and ceremonies followed in traditional weddings around the world.
The engagement ceremony is the first formal step towards getting married. In this ceremony, the couple publicly announces their decision to get married to their family and friends. The groom usually presents a ring or some other gift to the bride as a symbol of their commitment.
2. Bridal Shower/Haldi/Kazhitugal/Gayeholud
Before the wedding day, many cultures have a ceremony or ritual for the bride to spend time with her female friends and family members. Depending on the culture, it can be called a bridal shower, haldi, kazhitugal, or gayeholud. Usually, women gather together to sing, dance and sometimes apply a paste made of turmeric and sandalwood to the bride’s skin for glowing skin and to ward off evil.
Mehendi is a tradition followed in many Asian countries like India, Pakistan, and Bangladesh, where the bride’s hands and feet are beautifully decorated with henna. It is believed that this ceremony will bring good luck and prosperity to the couple.
4. Wedding Attire
The wedding attire worn by the bride and groom varies from culture to culture. For instance, many Indian brides wear a traditional red or pink bridal sari, while others may wear a heavily embroidered lehenga or gown. The groom often wears a traditional sherwani or suit.
5. Exchange of Vows
The exchange of vows is the most crucial part of any wedding ceremony. It is a promise made by the couple to love, cherish, and respect each other for the rest of their lives.
After the vows, the couple seeks blessings from their elders and the community. It is a way of showing respect and gratitude towards their loved ones.
To celebrate the occasion, a reception is held where family and friends gather together to wish the couple a happy and prosperous life ahead. The reception is accompanied by a feast, music, dance, and other festivities.
Traditional weddings are full of beautiful customs and ceremonies that deepen the bond between the couple and their families. These ceremonies remind us of the beauty of love, commitment, and togetherness. It is important to keep these traditions alive to celebrate the diversity of our cultures and the richness of our traditions.
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