Indian Pre Wedding – Lucky + Sunny
( Part 1 )
Sometimes Indian Weddings are so big and long that they require two blog posts. So here are some awesome Indian pre wedding highlights of Lucky and Sunny. This includes the Sangeet, Engagement Party/Shagun and Maiyan from both sides. This was a really fun wedding with tons of great moments but here is some more info on some of the events if you’re new to Indian Weddings.
Among the many pre-wedding events that occur prior to the Hindu, Punjabi, and Gujurati wedding ceremonies, the Sangeet is where the party begins. The word Sangeet translates to ‘sung together’ from Sanskrit. ‘Gaun’, another word used to describe the event, means ‘songs’ or ‘to sing’ in Hindi. Traditionally celebrated in the Punjab regions of India, this ceremony has been adopted by many other regions as a form of celebration for the wedding to come. The event is formally known to comprise of only female attendees from both sides of the family, however, modern times allow for men to join in on the fun too. Unlike religious ceremonies such as the Haldi or portions of the wedding ceremony, the Sangeet is solely conducted to relish in the happiness and joy surrounding the couple
The female members from both sides of the family congregate together to sing traditional songs pertaining to the bride and groom. The elders of the family lead the pack as they dictate which songs to sing for the Sangeet. This singing tradition occurs mostly in Punjabi culture. Songs include ‘jokes’ about in-laws, about the bride leaving her parents’ home, and on how to have a successful marriage. The premise of the Sangeet is not only to rejoice but to join the families so that they familiarize themselves with one another prior to the big wedding day. Relatives and friends of the Bride and Groom choreograph dance numbers to perform for the couple adding to the jubilation of the event. The song and dance portion of the Sangeet is a social bond connecting the two families to each other and to the bride and groom.
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Maiyan or vatna is a cleansing ceremony done to purify the individuals getting married. The maiyan is for both the bride and groom and held two or three days before the wedding. The ceremonies take place at their respective homes with their family and friends. Vatna is the doughy paste created for this specific occasion. The paste is a mixture of turmeric powder, channa flour, and mustard oil. It is used to rub over the arms, legs, and face and is thought to beautify the bride or groom. Traditionally, once the ceremony has taken place the bride and groom are no longer permitted to leave their homes
Engagement/Shagun is a significant part of a Punjabi wedding. First, the girl is draped with a chunni (stole), which is usually very ornate. In some families, this chunni is a family heirloom, passed down from generation to generation. She is also presented with jewelry, which her mother and sister-in-law help her wear. A tiny dot of henna paste (mehndi) is applied to her palm for good luck, and the function is sealed with the exchange of rings. The bride’s father applies the tikka (forehead mark) to the groom’s forehead, blesses him. The exchange of gifts takes place between the two families. Everyone present congratulates the couple by feeding them, sweets.
Here’s more info on Indian Pre Wedding Ceremonies.