Hindu Wedding Functions Pre-Wedding Ceremonies: Engagement Ceremony or Sagai This is the first pre-wedding ritual held either on the day or following the formal commitment of both families towards the marriage. While engagement is usually a private affair between the couple, in India it’s celebrated in the presence of family and friends. The bride and groom exchange rings. The groom’s family gives gifts called Shagun to the bride. Both families exchange Milni or gifts like sweets, dry fruits, etc.
Hinduism believes that marriage is a hallowed issue between two souls that extends past one lifetime and may proceed up to no less than seven lives. These two souls meet up and wed on the grounds that their karmas are interlaced and they need to determine numerous things together upon earth so as to guarantee their shared salvation. Traditional marriage, usually arranged, considers the bride and groom to be divinities. Hinduism perceives the significance of ladies in the family, considering them to be goddesses. The lady is initially married to the divine beings and afterwards set under the spouse's insurance as a blessing from divine beings.
Hinduism RITUALS Rituals performed and celebrated at the time of important transitions in the life of a Hindu, from the moment of conception to the time of death, are called samskaras. Marriage is one of the four major rites of passage. There is much regional and denominational variation, but the basic rites remain the same and form the core of the ceremony. The betrothal takes place sometime before the day of the marriage. On the wedding day the groom usually goes to the bride 's house and is welcomed in a colorful procession along with many friends and relatives.
I did a participant observation in Afghan migrant wedding. The first step in formalizing an Afghan wedding is the engagement. The father of the groom, with other elder members of his family, comes to the bride’s house to discuss the intention of the groom-to-be to marry the bride-to-be. They will bring gifts for the bride and other relatives and food will be served. If the marriage proposal is acceptable, plans will be made for the wedding, including the date, dowry, jewelry, wedding expenses and other necessities.
“While it was traditional for girls to be marries at twelve or thirteen years of age, they now tend to wait until they have finished their education and have a job.” (Everyculture.com, 2015). In the modern weddings the bride and grooms meet each other before the family knows them, after the groom sends his family to the bride’s family to propose to her. “Although arranged marriages are common, the bride and groom now often have a chance to meet before marriage” (mybahrain.net, 2015).The second step is to do the medical check for the marriage. But the Mahar is different from the traditional it is much more expensive and higher. “it is about the food and the gathering, a competition in which the family strives to accommodate the needs of guests, to feed and entertain them” (sour Cherry, 2015).
They have an engagement party where they two families meet, they exchange gift to each other’s family and the wedding day is set based on horoscopes. Both sides of the family go with them to get their wedding outfit, the bride wears a Sari or a lehenga there are different colours for different communities, the man wears an ahoti or shwerwani which is colourful too In an Indian wedding they have pre wedding customs they get a bath in haldi, oil and water, it is applied to both by a married women. The night before the wedding the bride gets designs painted on her hands and feet, the henna paste thinks many hours to makes but the deeper the colour the stronger the love. On the day the bride will be washed very well and her father will put a bindi on her forehead, this is a symbol of a third eye, the man gets dressed into his ahoti which is also colourful. Celebrations take place under a canopy, the groom arrives on horse make with musicians, family and friends, and a partition is held in front of the groom till he accepts the bride.
And the represents of Maduri Dixit is also symbol of perfect feminine beauty and in India, where no imperfction. Miranda has to be an outsider and take some spiritual exercise in the church. Cultural alienation is obviusly an evident to the need traditional values in keeping the institution of marriage alive. Miranda’s belief in church and the concept of marriage bring together a practical cultural gap however it finally saves Dev’s marriage. Thinking about her on situation of being a mistress she begins to cry and from then on Miranda stops meeting Dev.
TEMPLE WORK YOU CAN DEFINETLY DO IT GEN! Young Men, Young Women and even Singles Adults, when was the last time you’ve been into this place? When was the last time you performed sacred ordinances inside the holy temple? On the other hand, to all married couples who fortunately perform their temple marriage, can you still remember your feeling as you see each other during your wedding day? Can you still remember your feeling as you went out at the temple door as husband and wife?
Many married women pray for their husbands and unmarried women pray for a husband like lord shiva. To celebrate Mahashivratri festival a person needs to wake up early and take a ritual bath. They need to wear new clothes and visit the nearest shiva temple by offering milk and bathing lord shiva with milk, honey and water. The festival is continued day and night, for three hours priests perform the rituals and chant on Om Namah Shivaya. Many people devote their time singsing the devotional songs and praising lord shiva.
Arranged marriages are still the norm in parts of India outside urban areas (Gullapali & Sagi, 2009). Months before the actual wedding an engagement ceremony is held where the two families meet to make the engagement official through various rituals. The date and time of the wedding is decided based on horoscopes, the couple is then blessed by elders of both families and is given gifts such as jewelry and clothing by their new families. This ceremonies and the pre-wedding ceremonies that follow is a key practice for the bond of two families and the bride and groom to be strengthened and is seen as a great opportunity for the families to get to know each other. Traditional Indian weddings last a week, starting at the pre-wedding ceremonies.