Marriage is a celebration of life and every young heart cherishes the thought of it! It serves as a decisive occasion and commitment, care and happiness are the ingredients that define the synergism of the soul for the newly married couple. The marriage proposal substantiates into engagement which marks the first step towards the soulful union of the prospective bride and groom.
Marriage also marks the union of the two families and in countries like India, a rich fervour starts to build up that culminates into a gala wedding. Even the engagement ceremony is a good celebration to live and feel the genres; there are adorations and glam and there are foods and traditions of value! Let’s us peep into some of the customs and engagement ceremony icons that mark the occasion.
Culture is the most determining attribute of the Indian wedding and this dominant facet makes it felt significantly through diverse customs that start from the engagement itself. India being a land of different faiths and regions also adores regional traditional elements which vary from one to other place.
However, ironically, as stated in the lines above, the cultural components have emerged more potent and generate an authentic universal canvass. There are mehndi designs and lehengas and paan and ubtans and much more! Some of the vibrant customs of Indian engagement ceremony are –
The chunni rasam
The chunni or the dupatta rasam is adhered to generally by all the caste and credes here in India. The elder lady garments the bride to be with a decorative dupatta – a colourful neck and best garment of the lady. She does such to mark the acceptance of the young girl as her daughter in law or as the case may be. A sense of intimacy is developed! In most of the cases, this authentic adoration is accompanied by the gold jewellery for her from the side of the groom to be. Other gifts and pleasantries are also showered!
The ring exchange occasion
Exchange of the ring is newer tradition that has found almost universal acceptance in all the regions and faiths here in India. This could be called as the western influence; although rings were the intrinsic components of the wedding jewellery since times immemorial in India! The societies are shedding their conservative attitudes and allowing for the exchange of the rings by the prospective bride and groom. Both are congratulated then after.
It should be noted that the older customs have never been eclipsed by the newer ones and both find amalgamation as active and cherished concepts.
Family gifting traditions and souvenirs
Exchanging gifts is one of the core elements of the engagement ceremony in India. The bride’s and groom’s families give gifts to each other and to the congregated guests. Such gifting traditions make the engagement as really fat and gala ceremony to live and enjoy. Souvenirs are also offered like the custom watches bearing engagement dates or the like.
The sweets and fruits as mark of pomp and wellness cum health
The sweets and fruits are offered in traditional hand woven tokris or baskets. Generally, the groom’s family brings the same to greet their new daughter in law (to be) and her relatives when they reach at her place to conduct the engagement ceremony.
Apart from these customary offerings, foods and beverages are served as fine cuisine elements towards the guests who come to attend this significant pre wedding ceremony.