Asian weddings are known for days-long affairs full of beautiful and traditional festivities designed to celebrate the union of two families. In addition to choosing the best wedding date, there are several traditions essential to join a couple in marriage. Each culture has different customs, but there are 3 traditions that are common among most Asian weddings.
Prior to the wedding, in the company of all her female friends and family members, the hands and feet of the bride are beautifully decorated with intricate henna designs. During the Mehendi Ceremony, her guests also have their palms decorated in henna. The longer the henna is allowed to dry, the darker and more enhanced the designs will be. As the decorations are applied, the women sing folk songs and dance.
The Mangal Phere, also known as Mangal Fera, is a ceremony that represents the four stages and goals of life. The couple walks in four circles or “pheres” around the sacred fire, agni, with each completed circle representing a promise to each other.
1) Dharma: To pursue life’s moral and religious duties.
2) Artha: To pursue prosperity.
3) Kama: To pursue earthly pleasures and delights.
4) Moksha: To pursue spiritual salvation.
The bride leads the groom during the first three circles and the groom leads the fourth and final circle. Once completed, the couple rushes back to their seats because whoever is seated first will be the ruler of the household!
Red Wedding Dresses
Colour is very important in Indian culture, with each colour having its own symbolic meaning. Red is a dominant colour in many Indian weddings and is considered an auspicious symbol of new beginnings. It is also believed to represent Mars, the planet that rules over marriage.
Additionally, because the woman is the one who is leaving her parents’ home to live in her new husband’s, the bride is meant to attract the most attention. Wearing a bold, eye-catching colour like ravishing red will draw the eyes of every guest in attendance.
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