The weddings in South Asia reflect the high-spirited attitude of South Asians towards their life and culture. For South Asians including Bengalis, Pakistanis, Indians and other South Asian groups weddings are not only about families coming and knowing each other together but also about individuals sharing a love and belief in religion (and culture). Below are a few ceremonies that complete south Asian Weddings which some families partake in and consider important:
The family of the mother will arrive at the paternal home days before the wedding with the Jago will sing folk songs in a most boisterous and loudest way announcing their arrival and at the same time inviting neighbors to join their celebration.
The Asian Weddings Ceremony
Some families don’t opt for pre-wedding ceremonies whilst others do. After some/all of the pre-wedding rituals. The wedding day will arrive and rituals will be held at the home of the groom and the bride before the wedding.
At the Bride’s Home
Chuda – This is the gifting of red ivory bangles to the bride by the oldest maternal aunt or uncle.
Vatna or Maiyan – Vatna is the application of paste that is made from chickpea flour, mustard oil, and turmeric powder on the groom and bride by relatives and friends.
At the Groom’s Home
Sehrabandi – Vatna ceremony followed by the groom dressing up in a wedding attire. Then his sister will tie a sehra on his head. After this, witnesses will give cash and gifts as a token for the groom.
Ghodi Chadna – This is the final ceremony for Bengali weddings at the groom’s home. His sister-in-law will line his eyes using surma before leaving his home with a horse.
There are several wedding traditions and customs that are common in some religions in South Asia. Yet there are some traditions which are not. Some traditions and acts are based on selected religious teachings/guidelines, whilst others are not. Never the less all of Asian weddings celebrated are often filled with religion, tradition, selected ritual and love.