Indian Wedding Traditions

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There are many similarities and differences between the American wedding tradition and an Indian wedding tradition. Indian weddings have different attire, the groom doesn’t wait at the altar, and there isn’t a priest to facilitate the marriage. Though they have differences they also have some of the same activities involved in the wedding. Both traditions have a get together at the end, both have pre-wedding ceremonies, and during the wedding someone has to give the bride away. According to students Sravani Gullapalli and Aparna Raju Sagi article “Indian Wedding Traditions” (on page 3) traditionally the bride wears a sari or a lehenga which is highly ornate with gold and silver embroidery. The color of the sari or the lehenga is of great significance, and is different for different communities. The colors generally considered auspicious for the occasion are, red, yellow, green or white. Red is most common and it symbolizes prosperity, fertility and saubhagya (marital bliss). The bride also dons elaborate and beautiful ornaments primarily made of gold and precious stones. Her hair is plaited and decorated with flowers and jewelry. The groom wears a dhoti or sherwani which also has a lot of subtle but intricate embroidery. The color of dhoti or the sherwani is usually white, off-white or beige.
In America the bride traditionally wears a white wedding gown. White symbolizing purity or virginity. Along with the white gown, the bride holds a bouquet, a veil, and a garter. The

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