CKP weddings are traditionally arranged by the parents of the bride and he groom. Also here parents first agree upon the relation mutually and then proceedings are done. Also like any other Indian wedding CKP weddings also have many traditional rituals in pre wedding rituals called engagement rituals and post marriage rituals. These rituals are practiced in any CKP wedding till today symbolizing its uniqueness and sacred culture.
Sweet and famous traditions
One of the famous traditions of CKP engagement ritual is the Sakarpuda. It is a ritual when marriage is agreed in CKP community then bride’s side holds an engagement ceremony where the bride’s and the groom’s side gift each other sweets symbolizing sweet happy and blissful married life. Also the bride and her parents sit on a traditional wooden paat where groom’s mother applies turmeric paste on their foreheads wishing them by waving a holy candle over. Also the groom’s mother presents them with gifts and Sakarpuda a cone filled with sweets and blessings.
There is a traditional lunch done together by both the families at a get together. It is called Gharchaa Gadaganer. Here gifts are exchanged between the families and clothes are gifted. Also there is a ritual to apply kumkum tikka by bride’s mother to the groom and his family’s forehead and applies turmeric paste on forehead of groom’s mother. Also gifts and sweets are exchanged between them. Also here rings are then exchanged between the bride and the groom, and they are officially engaged.
Haldi is special
Then next in CKP pre wedding or CKP engagement rituals is the muhurt karane. This muhurt karane is a ritual before wedding where bride’s elder female relatives gather together to apply haldi at haldi ceremony. It is a very auspicious and known tradition in many Indian weddings.
Then next in CKP weddings is the haldi kunku. Haldi kunku is a ceremony conducted with the turmeric paste from the muhurt ritual. Here the bride and the groom each host relatives at respected homes and all the women go to the bride’s home and males to the groom’s. Then the host sits on a traditional wooden paat and a short puja is done. Then a mango leaf is used by the relatives to apply haldi paste on the host with fun on their face, hands, feet and shoulder. When the bride is completely covered in haldi the female relatives then wash it off uncovering the clean glow of the turmeric on her body. Also here the bride’s grandmother gifts her odd number of green bangles as a tradition which is worn by her throughout her wedding ceremony.
These are important
Some families in CKP tradition practice this traditional ritual in the same house with bride and the groom and some at different. This ceremony is conducted separately for the bride and the groom. Also bride and the groom are not allowed to leave the house till the day of the wedding after this ritual. Once the marriage is accepted by both sides of families the parents and elder relatives discuss about the wedding ceremony. Also dates selected are astrologically suggested as it is considered auspicious.