An Arranged Marriage <ul><li>“ It was an arranged marriage as most still are here. The groom is a lawyer with the high court and the bride has just finished her university degree. She had only spent about an hour with him </li></ul><ul><li>before the ceremony.” </li></ul><ul><li>Do you agree with this? </li></ul>
Pre Wedding <ul><li>Sagan </li></ul><ul><li>- Event held at the grooms house where the Havan is held by the Pundit. Afterwards the bride’s father applies Tilak to the groom’s head and the brides family presents him with blessings and gifts. </li></ul><ul><li>Chunni Chadana- </li></ul><ul><ul><li>~ This time the grooms relatives visit the house of the bride. She is given a red Suri and dresses in clothes that the grooms family presents her with. A Chunni is placed on her head by the mother-in-law and she is feed rice and milk by the grooms family. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>~ At the very end the rings are exchanged </li></ul></ul>
Pre-Wedding <ul><li>Sangeet </li></ul><ul><ul><li>A musical program held at both the bride and grooms homes where traditional music is sung. This event is held two or three days before the main ceremony and is usually reserved for the women. </li></ul></ul>
Pre-wedding <ul><li>Kwar Dhoti </li></ul><ul><li>-”Mehendi is considered to be an ancient Indian body art. It is used in creating elaborate ethnic or contemporary designs and exotic patterns on various parts of the body; traditionally mehendi was applied on the hands and feet of Indian bride .” </li></ul><ul><li>- Afterwards dry dates are shared by the gride and groom </li></ul>
Clothing- Pre Ceremony Kashida embroideries During the Sangeet Ceremony men typically wear traditional Kurta pyjamas Silks and soft linens are used for this look Jutis
Clothing- Pre Ceremony - salwar resembles a pyjama -There are three parts in a salwar suit, namely the kameez, salwar and a dupatta. -available in silk and brocade. -Heavy embroidery is made on the suits with zardosi work.
Clothing- Main Ceremony Sherwani -it is considered the national dress for men -signifies elegance and style -worn over the Kurta pyjamas - made of heavier fabrics - always embroidered -close fitting Nehru collar churidar and Jodhpurs Khes Zardozi work
Clothing-Main Ceremony <ul><li>Ghagra Choli </li></ul><ul><ul><li>A gaghra choli usually consists of a very long skirt and short blouse </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>A lengthy scarf called a dupatta is draped across the chest </li></ul></ul>
<ul><li>Sari </li></ul><ul><ul><li>*Developed from native Indian temple dancers </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>*National dress for women in India </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>*Silk or cotton </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>*The nivi style is today's most popular sari style </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>*Allows freedom of movement while maintaining modest standards </li></ul></ul>
Ceremony <ul><li>Kanya Dan - The bride's father gives away his daughter to the groom while the mantras are spoken. </li></ul><ul><li>Vivah-Homa - The sacred fire ceremony ascertaining that all auspicious undertakings are begun in an atmosphere of purity. </li></ul><ul><li>Pani-Grahan - The groom takes the right hand of the bride in his left hand and accepts her as his lawfully wedded wife. </li></ul>
Ceremony <ul><li>Pratigna-Karan - The couple walk round the fire, the bride leading, and take solemn vows of loyalty. </li></ul><ul><li>Shila Arohan - The mother of the bride assists her to step onto a stone slab and counsels her to prepare herself for a new life. </li></ul><ul><li>Laja-Homah - Puffed rice offered as oblations into the sacred fire by the bride while keeping the palms of her hands over those of the groom. </li></ul>
Ceremony <ul><li>Mangal Fera - The couple circles the sacred fire seven times. This aspect of the ceremony legalizes the marriage according to the Hindu Marriage Act as custom. </li></ul><ul><li>Saptapadi - Marriage knot symbolized by tying one end of the groom's scarf with the bride's dress. Then they take seven steps representing nourishment, strength, prosperity, happiness, progeny, long life and harmony and understanding, respectively. </li></ul><ul><li>Abhishek - Sprinkling of water, meditating on the sun and the pole star. </li></ul><ul><li>Anna Praashan - The couple make food offerings into the fire then feed a morsel of food to each other expressing joy ” </li></ul>
Flowers <ul><li>In addition to exchanging rings, the couple exchanges flower garlands (called Varmala) to symbolize their love. The garlands are made of brightly hued flowers </li></ul><ul><li>Throughout the ceremony flowers are thrown at the couple. These flowers are usually only thrown by the parents or members of the immediate family. </li></ul>
Music/Dancing <ul><li>Among the Gujaratis Garba dance is the </li></ul><ul><li>traditional dance, which is known as Garba , which is dancing with sticks </li></ul><ul><li>The Suhaag is a traditional folk song. </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SNt8GFyGk-k </li></ul>
<ul><li>“ This is the formal departure of the bride from her parents' home. The fun side of the ritual is that the sister in-laws are gifted with a kalichari , which is a gold or silver ring or sometime cash money for returning the groom's shoes, which were hidden by the sister-in-laws after the marriage ceremony as a joke. As she steps out of the door she throws back five handfuls of rice over her head as a symbol of prosperity and wealth. This custom signifies that she is paying back whatever her parents have given her. </li></ul>
When the car starts, the brides brothers and cousins pushes the car a little signifying that they have given her a push ahead as she starts her new life with her husband. After the last car starts, money is thrown on the road to discard the evil. Mostly younger brother or sister accompanies her to her new home to give her moral support”
<ul><li>How many parts is an Indian wedding split up into? </li></ul><ul><li>The Sangeet ritual is very important to which part of the wedding, where the female relatives and friends of the bride meet and celebrate? </li></ul><ul><li>What is the most popular dessert food served? </li></ul><ul><li>What is the name for the elaborate ethnic or contemporary designs on various parts of the body? </li></ul><ul><li>T/F For the wedding, only women create designs of armlets, bracelets, anklets and other designs on their body. </li></ul><ul><li>What is the name of the Traditional female dress that is draped in a pattern around the waste and upper part of the body? </li></ul><ul><li>What color is used to decorate the tent because it is considered fortunate, positive, and lucky? </li></ul><ul><li>Another name for decorative tent is _________. </li></ul><ul><li>The type of dance that is performed with sticks at the wedding is called what? </li></ul><ul><li>In addition to exchanging rings what else do the bride and groom give each other? Give one example. </li></ul>
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