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A wedding is the most sacred ritual in India. Every community or religion has its own traditions both ancient and modern. Gujarat is the land of colours, culture and food and never is this more clearly demonstrated than in Gujarati wedding rituals.
Pre-wedding traditions and rituals
Here are some of the pre-wedding rituals and traditions which are unique to Gujarati weddings and make that special day shine.
Chandlo Matli – this important ritual is all about acceptance of the marriage. Chandlo is a red-coloured circle made in the centre of the groom’s forehead and the bride’s father along with four other men from the bride’s family visit the groom to apply it. This is often the occasion when the marriage date is settled too.
Gol Dhana – this is the equivalent of an engagement ceremony and the bride-to-be and her family pay a visit to the groom’s house with gifts and other tokens. Rings are exchanged in the presence of both families and the couple receive blessings from five married women from both sides of the family.
Mehendi – this ritual is commonplace at many Indian weddings and involves applying beautiful designs to the bride’s hands with henna.
Vidaai – the bride bids farewell to her family and takes rice in her hands and throws it behind her without a backward glance. The bride’s mother is supposed to catch the rice in her pallu which is the loose end of her sari
Aeki beki – a bowl is filled with milk and a ring dropped in it, both the bride and groom then have to find the ring and whoever does receives a gift or reward.
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