Wedding is considered as one of the most important ceremony of one’s life and for family also. Across the world people follow different rituals and customs during wedding according to their religion and community. But, there are some strange and unique
- Usage of tomatoes to welcome Baraatis: In a small town, which is known as Sarsaul, there natives follow a very strange way to welcome the baraatis. They don’t welcome the baraatis with flowers or garlands, rather they hurled tomatoes to welcome Baraatis. They have strange believe that a relationship that begins on an unhappy note always turns into a good and loving relation.
- Goodies for river Ganga: In Bengali marriage they have a very unique ritual in which the aunts of the bride set a special plate of aarti, which includes different types of goodies and sweets. They offer all these goodies and sweets to the holy river Ganga. They have a belief that by doing so the river Ganga will be happy and she will shower blessings on their daughter.
- Groom pretending to opt for Sanyaasam: This could be one of the most unique customs in any wedding. In Tamil Brahmin wedding, the moment groom enters into the Mandap, he has to pretend and show to have a mind change and he does not want to get marry, rather he wants to opt for ‘Sanyaasam’. In this situation, the father of the bride encourages and convinces him to choose ‘Grahastham’ and marry his daughter. This strange tradition is known as ‘Kasi Yaatrai’.
- Earthen pot balancing by bride: This is very different ritual from others as the newly wedded bride. The new bride is given a huge earthen pot to keep on her head by her mother-in-law. Other females of the family add more pots to test the endurance and balancing skills of the bride. This ritual is conducted to test the skills of the bride to maintain the balance in the family.
- Flags in wedding: Have you heard about any wedding with flags? Kumauni wedding has this unique ritual of usage of flags in wedding. A white flag, which is known as ‘Nishan’ leads that baraat and represents the bridegroom. The last man in the procession holds a red flag that represents the bride.
- Silk shawl to separate bride & groom: Marathi people use a silk shawl that is known as Antrapat to separate the bride and groom. It is only removed when the pandit starts chanting the mangal mantras. After that bride and groom can see each-other.
- Ghara gharoli: This Ghara gharoli ritual is extremely sacred among all the Punjabi’s. The bride’s sibling is supposed to fill a pitcher with water from a nearby temple. The bride takes bath in the same water after that only she wears her wedding dress.
- Madhuparka: It is very important ceremony in Gujarati wedding. In this wedding ritual of Madhuparkat ceremony, when bride’s parents welcome the groom. They wash his feet and offer Panchamrut, a liquid made of milk, honey, yogurt, sugar and ghee. After completing the ceremony then he enters the mandap.