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Traditional Punjabi Marriage

Punjabis know the trick to know how to live their life like a king or queen.This means they believe in “Eat, Drink And Be Marry”. They celebrate each and every festival with full zest and fervor. Now, you can imagine how they celebrate the most important function in their life and i.e. marriage of their dear ones.

Punjabi marriage generally last for five days. It can be continuous, or there can be a gap.

It starts from Rokna or Thaka.It is the day when families of the bride and groom's side accepts the match for their dear ones. Bride and groom exchange rings. Thereafter Punjabi groom family gives a certain amount of money to the bride and bride's family give a certain amount of money to the groom.

Mehndi: This function has important significance for Punjabi bride. The Henna is applied over both hands and even on both feet. Initially, simple designs were put but now designer Mehendi is put. There is a custom that Mehendi artist applies Mendi in awesome geometrical designs with hidden name or initials of the groom. It is generally accompanied with fun, feast, and dance.

Chunni Chadana: It is the day of the bride. On this day, Groom family gives dress, jewelry, gifts and blessing to the bride.

Choora Chadana: This is yet important day for Punjabi bride. This function is also held at the Punjabi bride’s home. For details,  you can visit (Significance of Choora in Punjabi Marriage)

Haldi: Punjabi Marriage day is a hectic day for the bride and groom. Bride and groom in their respective homes applies the paste of Besan, Turmeric and Milk on their body. This paste is cleaned with water held in the pot brought by brother’s wife (Bhabhi) from a temple or the sacred river. In the evening, ‘Ladies Sangeet’ is held where ladies sing traditional as well as modern songs and try the fill the moment with the fun and calm down the nerves of the bride and her family.

Ghodi Sajana: At the groom’s side, groom’s real and cousin sisters gave Channa dal(Bengal gram split) to the mare. Thereafter they decorate the mare for their brother: In most Punjabi marriages, the groom along with a canopy of his kith & kin (Barat) travels to the bride’s home mounted on a mare.

Marriage: Bride’s family welcome Barat with pomp and show. There are the ceremony of ‘Milini’ where grandfathers, fathers, maternal uncles, parental uncles and then brothers from both the sides put garland to each other. Bride's side gave money / gift to their their counterpart from the groom's side. Once the groom entered where the bride is waiting for him. They exchange floral garlands. Thereafter, many people dance on Punjabi beats. All people gathered there to have dinner. Thereafter, at the auspicious time decided by the “pujari” bride and groom entered the “vedhi”. They made to sit around the sacred fire. Bride’s parents officially offer the hands of their beloved daughter in the hands of the groom. He promised bride and his parents that he would take care of their daughter.

The bride and groom take seven circumambulations around the sacred fire as per their custom. During circumambulations, bride and groom promise to each other that they would take care of each other and will remain together for entire life.For more details about the promises made.   you can visit (Significance of 7 Vows in Indian Marriages!)

The groom applies  vermilion (Sindoor) on the bride and put Mangal Sutra to the bride’s neck. After that bride and groom take the blessings of their grandparents, parents and elders present there.

After that groom asked the permission from the family of the bride to take their daughter to his home. The bride throws the puffed rice flakes seeking the happiness & prosperity for her family members. These puffed rice flakes collected by her family members.

Bahu ka Swagat: When the bride reaches the groom’s place, she is welcomed by her mother in law or sister in law by waving the plate of Aarti. She then enters the groom’s place by throwing the pot full of rice seeking the happiness and prosperity in her in – laws' home.

Mooh Dikhai: Bride is introduced to the groom’s relatives and neighbors. In return, they give some gifts to the bride. There are many post marriage rituals that vary from community to community. No matter what, Overall the Punjabi wedding is nothing less than any festival. Punjabi just Rocks!!!

 




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