There are many different aspects to an Indian wedding. Traditions from old still play a large role in the momentous event today. Most people are very unfamiliar with the customs that occur and the reasoning behind them. Keep reading to learn about one of the most extravagant celebrations that takes place regularly in India!
Before the wedding begins, an event called the Sangeet takes place. Sangeet means “sung together.” It is a time of celebration that includes dancing and singing between both the groom and bride’s families.
As the wedding proceeds to begin, the entrance of the groom is a joyous event. As the groom’s family and guests join in on the dancing, the celebration becomes a small parade. The group is showered with rice and the groom is given a garland and a lamp.
The bride, who wears red, is brought in by her uncles or brothers. Her father will give her away to the groom, signifying his approval.
As the ceremony begins, the couple is brought under a Mandap, which is a structure made specially for weddings. It is intricately decorated with flowers, leaves, and even crystals.
A prayer to Ganesha, the god of new beginnings, kicks off the ceremony. Offerings are made before Ganesha in hopes that he will make the marriage happy and prosperous.
A garland called the Jai Mala is traded between the bride and groom. This is an important moment as it demonstrates how they are inviting each other into their families.
The bride is given a necklace called the Mangala Sutra. This sophisticated necklace is made up of gold and black beads. It is believed that the presence of Lakshmi, the goddess of riches and success is upon the necklace and therefore, upon the marriage.
As the wedding comes to a close, the newlyweds tie their clothes together, demonstrating their dedication to each other as well as their friendship. The couple throws rice on each other, has one last moment to bid their families farewell, and departure to start their lives together.
Though Indian weddings are vibrant and full of culture, the people look to other gods for happiness, blessing, and prosperity. However, these gods cannot save them. Acts 4:12 says, ‘“Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.” Jesus Christ can save them and wants to save them! But sadly, they have never heard this message. Please pray with us that missionaries will be raised up for the country of India so that they can know of the One who will save them.