The Hindu wedding Ceremony is one of the occasions in the Hindu families that involve fun, revelry and a traditional rites and rituals. From the intricate embroidery to the religious chants that go along, everything in a Hindu Wedding Ceremony is done with much detail and keeps alive the age old traditions. IndiaProfile.com offers online information on the East Indian Wedding Traditions.
The Hindu Wedding Ceremonies are generally a gala affair which follows every doctrine of the Hindu traditions. From just a "Namaste" to greet the elders, to the "Ashirwad" ceremony to get their blessings, it celebrates every little emotion that comes along with it. The East Indian Wedding Traditions involves most of the Hindu Wedding rites and rituals.
Every Hindu Wedding Ceremony has a different color and flavor of its own and varies according the different regions in the country. The East Indian Wedding Traditions includes the rituals and customs of the eastern part of India that is West Bengal, Assam and Orissa.
The Bengali Wedding Ceremony is one of the gala and elaborate affairs in the Hindu Wedding Ceremony. A typical Bengali wedding is not about fun, revelry and sweets but there are different aspects to it. There are a number of Bengali wedding traditions which are religiously observed during this ceremony.
It all starts with the marriage procession of the groom known as "Borjatri" who arrive at the entrance of the bride's residence and are greeted with fresh flowers. The "Baran Dala" is firstly touched to the groom's forehead by an elderly female relative of the bride's family. The groom then has sweets and sherbet and rosewater is sprinkled on them.
Then the actual ceremony starts where the bride and groom face each other and exchange their garland which is called the "Mala Badal". During the "Saat Paak" the bride sits on a wooden stool and her brothers lift her and carry the bride around the groom seven times in circles which stands for their union forever. These are one of the important aspects of the East Indian Wedding Traditions.
It's during Shubho Drishti the groom gets to see his bride. The bride's father then finally gives her daughter's responsibility to the groom during Sampradan. Then the Saptapadi ritual takes place where they move around the fire and take vows to stay together for a lifetime.
Then follows Basar Ghar, Bashi Biye and finally the Bidaai where the family of the bride bids her farewell. In the groom's house the Bou Baran takes place. The bride is greeted there and she has to enter the house with her feet smeared in Alta and milk to leave her imprints on the floor.
During the Bou Bhaat the bride serves the members of the house and eats her first meal in the husband's house. This is followed by reception at the evening.
Quite like the Bengali Wedding Ceremony, the East Indian Wedding Traditions are also followed in Assamese Wedding Ceremony. But it is a bit simpler than the elaborate Bengali Wedding. The gentle wedding song "biya naam" is one of the exclusive features of this wedding.
This starts with the Bathing Custom. The bride and the groom's family collect water from the river which is considered to be sacred and the bride and the groom use it for their ceremonial bath.
Firstly before the marriage the Wedding Reception is held in Assamese Wedding Ceremony. After the groom arrives, the bride's family indulges in some friendly banter and stops the groom in the doorway and asks for a hefty sum, if they wish to enter the bride's house.
The wedding starts with the bride's mother who welcome the groom and the bride's sister wash the groom's feet. Dressed in traditional dhoti and kurta, silk shawl the groom comes for the wedding. One of the inherent features of East Indian Wedding Traditions and Hindu Wedding Ceremony is the importance of fire and exchange of garlands. The Assamese wedding is not an exception and the same rituals takes place in Assamese Weddings even. Then the bridegroom applies Sindoor and then the relatives bless the newly wed couple.
The East Indian Wedding Traditions are celebrated in the Oriya Wedding Ceremonies as well. It is more or less similar to the Bengali Wedding Ceremony with a just a bit of difference in the customs and traditions. The Haatha Ghanti in Orissa is another name for taking rounds around the fire accompanied by the religious chants.
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