Hindu Wedding Traditions
A summary of the inner workings of the ceremony
Dress and Wear for Hindu Weddings
Man: The groom wears a dhoti and simple dress shirt, but later puts on a similar set of clothing, and a paper mache headress. The groom may sport a safa with a flowing tail end or a white silk brocade suit, turban, and a sword at his side.
Henna type body art is done on both, with each drawing on bride and groom representing something different.
Pictures of a Hindu Wedding
Traditional wear of Hindu wedding.
As the sign of an eternal bond, the two being married have two cloths that they tie together at one point in the ceremony.
Rice is a very important item used in a Hindu Wedding, as it represents life. It is commonly used as a sacrifice to the gods.
Fun Fact: The Tilak, or red mark on a Hindu's forehead, can represent many things. Usually on the day of the ceremony, the groom will apply one to his wife as a sign of their union and new life together.
Steps of the Wedding.
Jaimala: The exchanging of garlands by the couple as a gesture of acceptance of one another and respect.
Kanyadan: The father of the bride places his hand on the groom's and requests him to treat her as an equal partner. The symbolism in it is that the Bride is a representation of the goddess Lamxi and the groom is Lord Narayana, the parents faciliate their union.
Saptapardi: The bride and groom walk seven steps together to signify the beginning of their journey through life together. Each step represents a marital vow,
1. To respect and honor each other.
2. To share each other's joy and sorrow.
3. To trust and be loyal to each other.
4 To cultivate appreciation for knowledge, values, sacrifice, and service.
5. To reconfirm their vow of purity, love family duties, and spiritual growth.
6. To follow principles of Dharma (Righteousness).
7. To nurture an eternal bond of friendship and love.
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