A Look At Basic PRE Wedding Rituals of Bengali Marriage
A look at basic pre wedding rituals of Bengali
India has many religions and customs. All the religions have their unique way of
celebrating occasions like festivals and marriage. This diversity adds a wonderful
blend of traditions and colors to our country. One of the greatest incorporation of
rituals can also be seen in Bengali wedding.
“Give and take” is the meaning of adan pradan. After the couple’s approval for each
other, their families match their horoscopes through priest. This ritual is performed
when priest confirms of no hurdles and both the families exchange gifts.
Bride and groom’s parents show their approval by this ritual. The groom’s family
bestows their blessings on the bride by visiting their house and sprinkle leaves of
trefoil and husked rice on bride. They also gift gold ornaments to her. Same process
is done by bride’s family.
It is performed a day before the marriage in the memory of the ancestors of the bride
and groom. Attractive Rangoli is made and God Narayan is worshipped. Parental
uncle performs this puja. According to the traditions, bride/groom and their
parental uncle can have only liquid diet during this puja.
Aai Budo Bhaat
It is the bride’s last night at her parent’s house before marriage and it is enjoyed by
having last dinner with her parents. A function is arranged on this night in which friends
and family take pleasure in singing and dancing for her.
Gae Halud Tattva
In this ritual, the bride is presented with many gifts from her in-laws. The gift called, Gae
Halud Tattva consists of six sarees, cosmetics, sweets, paan, curd, husked rice, fish, etc.
Many other customarily things are gifted to her.
This ritual is performed on the morning of the wedding day; this ritual is conducted in
bride as well as groom’s house separately. Some married women take them to the nearby
pond to get the blessings from Goddess Ganga. Some water from that pond is brought to
Holud Kota and Snan Ritual
This ritual is same as the turmeric ceremony in North India. Five or seven married women
apply the turmeric glop and oil to groom’s and bride’s body in their respective houses.
After a bath, they have to wear new clothes.
In this ceremony, conch shell bangles called Shakha(white colored bangles) and
Paula(red colored bangles) is put in the hand of the bride by seven married women. After
wearing the bangles of white and red color alternatively, she starts to get ready for the
Bride getting dressed
In the conventional Bengali wedding, dressing up the bride is a ceremony
in itself. The bride is embellished with a crown and jewelries.
It is prepared by planting two banana trees along with a big Alpana, made with rice
paste. The mandap is beautifully decorated with unsullied fresh flowers.These are
prominent pre wedding rituals in a Bengali wedding, knowing them will certainly
make you at ease if you have got a Bengali wedding invitation card.
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