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Your Ultimate New Jersey Indian Wedding Ceremony!
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New Jersey Indian weddings are full of elaborate traditions and customs that are celebrated on a grand scale with lot of fanfare. One of the most remarkable features of Indian weddings in New Jersey is that it not just marks the coming together of two individuals who are getting married, but also the coming together of their respective families, which adds to the joy of their wedding celebration.
Types of Indian Wedding Traditions
The Indian wedding traditions vary, depending on the culture, religion and region from where the bride and the groom come. Yet in most Indian Weddings, irrespective of religion or culture, the basic Indian wedding ceremonies remain the same. For instance, before the Indian wedding ceremony there is an engagement ceremony that takes place. This may be followed by a Mehendi or a Sangeet ceremony. These Indian ceremonies are fun, and usually accompanied with music and dance. The main Indian wedding ceremony, however, is when the actual extravagant celebration begins.
Indian Wedding Traditions mainly include three ceremonies which are “The Barat”, “The Feast” and “The Games”. The Barat marks the entry of the groom at the venue of the Indian wedding. The Indian Wedding Feast also sets the standards for judging how well the ceremony was arranged. Thus, the feasts in Indian Weddings are elaborate. The games are usually included in the post Indian wedding ceremony.
More Indian Wedding Traditions
- In many communities in the Hindu Religion, there is a wedding ritual in which the sisters-in-law hide the shoes of their jija, or brother-in-law, and return them only in exchange for money. It's a very fun filled, enjoyable ritual.
- In some communities, there are rituals where the hands of the couple are covered with a sacred cloth to ward off ill omen and evil eye during the pheras.
- In Parsee marriage ceremonies, the sisters-in-law take gifts from their brother-in-law during the ritual of Haath Boravanu where the groom puts his hand in water and cannot remove them until he pays money to them, Pag Dhovanu is another such ritual where the groom is threatened with milk on his shoes and chero chorvanu is a ritual in which seven strands of thread tying the couple are removed on payment.
- In Gujarati custom the groom's mother-in-law tries to catch his nose on arrival of the baraat, as a reminder of the fact that he is taking away their daughter and is now responsible for her happiness.
- Aeki-Beki is also very fun filled rituals among the Gujarati community. A tray or pot of water is mixed with milk and vermillion. A ring and a few coins are thrown into the mixture. The bride and groom are given seven chances to fish out the ring. The winner is considered as having a dominating personality and it is predicted amidst much laughter that he or she will rule the roost!
- In Punjabi custom the bride's wear a Chuda, this is a set of red and ivory bangles by her maternal uncle. This custom is considered good omen for the bride as it is said to bring good luck to the bride in her new home.
- Punjabi brides wear Kaleeres. These are silver or gold plated ornaments tied to the Chudas. It is said that the bride has as many friends as there are leaves in the Kaleere. One interesting ritual related with the Kaleere is the custom in which a bride shakes her Kaleere over the unmarried girls in her family. It is said that if the Kaleere falls on the head of any of them, she is the next one to be married.
- Another ritual which is found in almost every community is when the groom brings home his new bride; the groom's sisters block the entrance to the home and demand money from their brother as a shagun before they let him in. This is a fun-filled and amusing ritual.
A Blend of American & Indian Wedding Traditions
For American Hindus, the wedding can be a time to honor both their Indian and American roots by blending traditions in their New Jersey Indian nuptials. Here's a suggestion: On the first day, Indian couples can have a civil ceremony in which they exchange vows and sign the marriage license. On the following day, couples can have a very traditional Indian wedding ceremony with the fire and seven steps, complete with Raj arriving on a white horse with a dholak [drum] in the background. The day after that will be the reception, which will be very similar to an American reception with dinner, dancing, and cake cutting. The Indian wedding traditions usually consist of rituals and ceremonies that are entertaining and thus make the wedding really enjoyable!
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