Indian weddings are by far the most lavish and pompous marriages across the world. Besides the main wedding ceremony, the pre wedding ceremonies and the post wedding ceremonies, each and every event at these Hindu marriages are a grand affair. Every wedding function in India includes a Haldi ceremony, Mehndi ceremony, Tilak ceremony, Sangeet ceremony and engagement ceremony, all of which happen before the main wedding function. However, there are many other post wedding ceremonies as well, which take place at every Hindu wedding in India.
Some of these Indian post wedding ceremonies include the following functions:
By far the most emotion pre and post wedding ritual, the Vidaai ceremony marks the departure of the bride from her home after having completed the ceremony of taking the marriage vows and having been religiously married to the groom. During this ceremony, as the bride departs from the house of her parents and takes her first steps towards her new home, she is showered with blessings and gifts from her friends and family members. This moment tends to be highly emotional for not just the wife-to-be and her immediate family, but even for her distant relatives and friends.
Amongst the many other wedding ceremonies in India, the wedding reception is also one post wedding ceremony, which is celebrated with a lot of aplomb and grandeur. It is basically a party which is thrown by the groom’s parents celebrating the wedding for their son and the arrival of their daughter-in-law. It is also the occasion when the groom’s family and friends are officially introduced to the bride.
Another important post wedding ceremony in India is that of Dwar Rokai. This ceremony takes place at the groom’s house when he reaches his place for the first time with his newlywed wife. He and his bride are stopped at the gate by the sisters of the groom and they demand a gift from him in order to allow the couple to enter the house.
Once permission from the sisters has been received, the new bride is then welcomed at the gate of the house by her mother-in-law with Aarti and Tilak. She is made to kick a pot full of rice and enters the house with her right foot first, as the first foot of the bride is considered to be that of Goddess Laxmi and hence extremely auspicious.
After entering the groom’s house, the bride is then individually introduced to every family member of the groom, and they offer her blessings and best wishes for her new life in the form of gifts. During this ceremony of Mooh Dikhai, the bride and the groom also engage in many fun games and the winner of these games is believed to be the dominant one in the relationship in the future. However, all the games are played in jest and are supposed to make the bride feel comfortable and welcomed in the new house.
All these post wedding ceremonies are basically designed to help the bride adjust to her new home and get to know her new relatives better.