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We can cover Hindu or muslim, Indian or Pakistani, sangeet, mehndi, haldi, tilak, sapta padi, Ghari puja, betrothal, Pithi, Haldi, vidaai or Nikaah, Imam-Zamin, Magni, Manjha, Baraat, Rukshat, Chauthi and Walimah, in London or Beyond, Potters Bar, Hertfordshire and anywhere in the UK and abroad.
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Hindu Wedding Rituals and Ceremonies.
A wedding is an important religious ceremony in the Hindu religion. It is not only establishing the bond between two people, but also the bond between two families.
The ceremonies practiced are essentially divided into three parts - pre wedding customs, wedding day ceremony and post wedding rituals. The pre wedding celebrations mainly includes engagement, sangeet, mehendi, haldi and tilak.
In the betrothal ceremony, the to-be bride and the groom exchange wedding rings among each other. Sweets and garlands are also exchanged among the couple.
After the festive spirit of engagement, the next important ritual is the mehndi party. It is believed that the color of mehndi signifies the essence of love in a marriage, so it is put on bride's hand to strengthen that bond of love. The bride's family and friends mainly celebrate this ceremony. The female friends and family members of the bride rejoice and celebrate this occasion, as henna gets painted on her hands and feet.
One of the most important rituals of Hindu wedding is the seven rounds or sapta padi taken together, around the sacred fire, by the bride and the groom, while the seven vows or promise are read by the priest or purohit. The bride and the bride groom take the vows before God, symbolized by fire and light. These seven promises taken together by the bride and groom build's the foundation of their relationship and marriage.
Among the other important rituals is the Sangeet party, wherein all the family members and friends of the bride and groom celebrate, by singing and dancing the night away.
Ghari puja is also another important religious ceremony, which is performed on the eve of the wedding day at the groom and bride's place separately. On the morning of the wedding day, Pithi or Haldi, the cleansing ceremony is practiced during which the bride and bridegroom are pasted with turmeric powder in their respective homes, as a part of their beautification process.
Thereafter, post wedding ceremonies are performed, which mostly include vidaai and reception. This is the most emotional moment of the wedding, when the bride takes leave from her parents and other family members and takes her first step towards her new life in her husband's house. On reaching the new home, there are a number of ceremonies that are performed, right from welcoming the new bride to playing games and making merry.
Muslim Wedding Rituals and Ceremonies.
Known as 'Nikah' in Urdu, the Muslim marriage is the most important ceremony for the Islam. Muslim wedding is divided into pre-wedding, wedding and post-wedding rituals.
The first phase of the pre-wedding Muslim rituals is known as Istikhara, wherein the religious head takes the approval of the Almighty to perform the wedding. After the consent, the groom's mother pays a visit to the bride's house along with sweets and Imam-Zamin, a silver or goin coin wrapped in silken cloth. The custom of tying the coin onto the upper portion of the bride's hand is called the Imam-Zamin ceremony. This is followed by Magni, which is a custom wherein the groom's family members pay a visit to the bride's house both the groom and the bride's family exchange sweets and fruits.
At the Manjha ceremony, the bride wears yellow clothes and turmeric paste is applied all over her body. After the application of turmeric, the bride is not supposed to step out of the house. This is followed by Mehndi ceremony, which is one of the much awaited rituals of the Muslim wedding. Female relatives of the bride apply turmeric paste all over her body. The purpose is to make the bride's skin glow naturally. A professional or a relative applies Mehndi on the bride's hands and feet.
Welcoming The Baraat To announce the arrival of groom's baraat at the doorsteps of the bridal residence or wedding venue, the musicians play traditional songs. The groom and the bride's brother share a drink of sherbet.
Nikaah is the wedding ceremony, the ceremony is conducted by the Maulvi (priest). The father of the bride and groom, addressed as Walis, have an important role to play in the performance of nikaah. Thereafter, Ijab-e-Qubul (proposal and acceptance) takes place.
Nikaahnama is a legal document that must be duly signed by the bride, bridegroom, Maulvi and Walis for the marriage to be legal.
Dinner, Prayers and Aarsimashaf The guests are served a lavish dinner. Men and women are usually seated separately, for dining. After the dinner, the newly wed get the chance to sit together for the first time.
The post-wedding rituals followed by Muslims are divided into four phases.
Rukshat Ceremony With tearful eyes, the bride's family and friends bid her goodbye, before she leaves for her house with her husband. The bride's father places his daughter's hand in the hand of his son-in-law and requests him to take good care of his dear daughter. Welcoming The Bride Giving a warm welcome to her daughter-in-law, the groom's mother raises the Quran above her head, as she enters her new home.
Chauthi custom takes place on the fourth day after marriage, in which the bride visits her parental house.
Valimah ceremony is the lavish reception party that the groom's family hosts for welcoming the bride. It is an occasion that aims to facilitate intimate relationships between the two families.