People of Gujarat state in India are referred as Gujarati. Most of them are from business families and affluent class. Gujarati culture is very vibrant with beautiful. Here the people of Gujarat speak Gujarati- it is their local language of communication. Besides, Gujarati people also speak some other languages like surti, charotari, kathiawai and kutchi. These people are highly educated and famous for the strong bonding and togetherness. They are highly professional and career oriented. They pay more attention to career and their business. Gujarati people are very traditional and fallow all the rituals in weddings. Most of the people in Gujarat are Hindu followed by Muslims. Gujarati males are usually involved in the family business.
Gujarati marriage is like an extravaganza for eye and a cultural treat for all. The parents or Gujarati bride and groom search the prospective life partner for their children. Nowadays, most of the families give respect to the choice of their kids and give them chance to select a life partner for them. If they will say yes to their choice, then only they take the next step. All the pre-wedding rituals are performed in their respective families. The first and foremost ritual of the pre-wedding is Lord Ganesha pooja. This ritual is conducted to seek the blessing of Lord Ganesha for the grah shanti and uninterrupted marriage rituals.
The next ritual is ‘Jaan’ where the groom come to bride’s house and seek blessing of his mother-in-law by touching her feet. The mandap is specially decorated for Vedic ritual ceremony. The mandap symbolize the four parents of both Gujarati bride and groom and they are the pillars of their life. Their parents take oath for the marriage of their children. Most of the ceremonies are conducted in the presence of guests, relatives and friends.
On wedding day, the groom and bride exchanges garlands which is popularly known as ‘Jaimala’ function. The groom’s feet are cleaned with water. He is offered milk and honey to drink which is called as ‘Madhuparka’ before wedding ceremony. Next is ‘Juta Churai’ where groom’s shoes are traditionally hidden by sisters of the bride. After this ceremony, the next ritual is ‘Kanyadan’. In this ritual, the father of the bride gives the hand of his daughter in the hand of groom and expects that he will take care of her and support her in all ups and downs of life.
In ‘Hasta Milap’ ritual the grooms shawl is tied with the saree of the bride. The last ritual of Gujarati wedding is seven rounds take around the holy fire steps which are considered very sacred and known as saptapadi. After completing the saptapadi their parents and elders give them blessing for their happy and successful married life.
After the marriage rituals, there is a reception party for family, guest, relatives of bride and groom. In ‘Vidaai’ ceremony, the bride takes farewell from her family and house. Once the couple reaches groom’s house the next ritual is ‘Ghar Ni Lakshmi’ ritual where the bride knock down rice vessel with her right leg before entering the home. The Hindu bride is considered as Goddess Laxmi for the house.