When it comes about North Indian wedding, wedding in Himachal Pradesh takes an uproarious and frisky stand and even more exciting different wedding ceremonies. The beginning is just like other Indian Wedding where elders begin to look a perfect match for their child, a middle match is used as a match maker known as Mazomi, Roovary or Dhamu. He looks for the social and financial standing of the match and the further decision takes place on the basis of horoscopes in which the same Gotras are not considerable good. The further tasks are accompanies after a basic task of above.
Traditions and customs: Wedding in Himachal Pradesh is further continued with different wedding ceremonies when the match is found to be good and settled, a ritual gift called Tika is sent. The groom and his family members are invited to tea by the bride’s family. The marriage meeting is accompanies along with ritual songs, being sung along with the distribution of sweets on the account of happiness in prime wedding ceremony. On this ritual both the concerning families exchange Chhang (rice wine) and close relatives are happily invited as the participant in the wedding ceremony. Date of marriage is fixed with consultation with the priest. The bride and groom are taken in palanquins except from the Lahaul area. The girl is requested to touch her father’s feet at the time of departure. The day when the bride enters the new home, a havan is performed as per the guidance of priest. Then bride is asked to cook kheer (rice pudding) which is served to all the gathering by relatives who in turn bless her. At feroni (ritual of returning of bride after her first visit from father’s house, known as Dwiragaman) the bride and groom are welcomed with great joy and are fed with sweets and butter.
Rituals: There are many more different wedding ceremonies associated with the welcome of new bride in the family. In north Indian wedding, the bride performs Puja as per the deities of her new family with the proper guidance of older women and then sweets are distributed, Gune confronting Dehre, which is a traditional wall painting, painted as a ritual after wedding in Himachal Pradesh. The first person to get is itself groom who in return gives bride, jewellery or money. The ritual is accompanied by songs sung at this time by women sitting around the bride.
- Pair Bandai: It is the custom which helps to introduce the bride to husband’ family and the bride offers relatives with a gift of money, covering her hands with the edge of Saree, touching their feet to get the blessings.
- Darosh Dab Dhab: It is a tribal system in wedding, in which girls is forcibly dragged away from a fair ground, followed by scream, bite, scratch to show annoyance. Further is she agrees the groom goes to her house with a gift of wine and five rupees to get their permission.
- Hari or Har: A woman who is not satisfies with her wedding goes and begins up to live with another. The new husband has to settle it by the previous one by offering him an acceptable price. Such marriages are known as Jhanjhara or Jhanhrada.
- Pangi: At the time of marriage the groom’s younger brother presents the bride’s mother with a silver rupee, which gives him right of a second husband over the bride. Such marriages are not performed in high esteem.