Top 5 Fun Indian Wedding Rituals
India is a country of multiple linguistic communities, each faithfully following
their own traditions and cultures. Every community has its own unique way
of conducting a marriage. It mostly depends on the belief of the community
and their way of living.
For instance, a North Indian wedding is way
different from a South Indian wedding;
similarly marriages in different caste of
each linguistic group also differ
However, there are some bizarre and weird wedding ideas, prevailing in many
Indian communities that will leave you amazed and startled. Some of them are
Gujarati weddings comprise of a ceremony called as
‘Ponkvu’ or ‘Ponkhana’ where the mother-in-law welcomes the groom with an
Aarti and then pulls his nose. This act is a depiction of the fact that the groom
has asked for their daughter’s hand with utmost gratefulness and humility.
In most Maharashtrian weddings, a
variety of games are played among
the bride and the groom to decide
who will dominate the other in the
marriage. For eg: A finger ring is
placed in a vessel filled with water
and both the groom and the bride are
asked to locate it. The one who finds
it first is said to dominate the
wedding. Many such games are
played after the wedding.
In Bihar, the most popular post-wedding ritual is the one in which the mother-
in-law places empty stone-made pots on the bride’s head. The bride is expected
to balance a couple of these pots on her head, and touch the feet of the elderly
from the family. If she succeeds in doing so, it is said that she will flawlessly take
care of everyone in the family and keep the family bonded well.
In most Indian traditional weddings,
if the girl is a Manglik, she is made
to marry a tree. This ritual is said to
diminish or eliminate the influence
of Mangal Graha on her future
husband. Marrying a Manglik girl is
said to bring sorrow to the family
and many a times death of the
husband. Hence to avoid such
distress to the family, marriage with
a banana tree, a Peepal Tree, or a
silver or gold idol of the Hindu God -
Vishnu is considered an essential
This tradition became a household talk across the country, especially when
the famous Bollywood actress and a manglik - Aishwarya Rai married a tree
before her marriage with Abhishek Bacchan.
There are many such rituals, which signify the future relationship of the
couple and can be conducted playfully without much meaning given to it.
Even the guests look forward to such fun ceremonies soon after they
received the wedding cards invitations.