A traditional Indian wedding is full of rituals or customs that bring joy and excitement to all the people involved in marriage, be it would be partner or other relatives. From the pre-wedding stage till honeymoon the Indian wedding traditions keep binding each other and give them a moment of joy, happiness and interaction.
The ribbon cutting ceremony is such a ritual in Indian marriage that brings the moments of jokes, laughing and heartiest interaction. However there is no hard and fast rule when the ribbon cutting ceremony should be held and whether it must be followed in all the marriages, but it is seen to be held in maximum marriages.
Following are the main occasions of ribbon cutting ceremony in Indian marriages:
Arrival of Jyestha in Mandap
In many of the wedding traditions in India there is a ritual that the elder brother of the groom presents the clothes, ornaments, sweets, fruits etc. to the bride. This ritual is known as kanya nirikshan. It is meant for observing the bride by elder brother of the groom before she gets married to the younger brother.
When the jyestha comes for this ceremony to the wedding mandap, he is welcomed by the relatives of bride. There ribbon is tied around all the pillars of the mandap. The jyeshtha comes and stands at the gate of mandap. He is given a scissors by the elder sister or sister-in-law of the bride. When the jyestha cuts the ribbon, he receives the rain of flowers by the bride’s women relatives. The women also perform his aarti. On being happy he presents gifts to the women. At some places, the women relatives of the bride don’t perform this ritual. Instead the brothers their friends are involved in this ritual. Thereafter, the ceremony of kanya nirikshan is performed.
Arrival of Groom in Mandap
The groom is most important person on the wedding day. When he arrives at the venue of the marriage, he receives the heartiest welcome from the bridesmaids, sisters, sisters-in-laws, friends etc. of the bride. Sometimes, the ribbon is tied around all the pillar of marriage venue (mandap) and the groom cuts the ribbon like a VIP inaugurates some ceremonial functions. But at places, the ribbon is not tied. The bridesmaids and other women relatives of the bride stand at the entrance of the mandap. They stop groom from entering the mandap and perform the aarti of the groom. They also put tilak on his forehead. When the groom presents them the gifts or cash, they jokingly ask more presents, cash and gifts. This is a very humorous and joyful moment as well as mixing of the most important guest of the day with other people.
Arrival of Newly Married Couple at Their Home
When the newly married couple arrives at the groom’s home, the sisters and their husbands perform this ritual at some places in honour of the bride. They jokingly stop them from entering their own house and ask for shagun (gifts, presents etc.). The groom gives them something in case or valuables and then they are allowed to enter their house.