Saturday, December 11, 2010

Memories of a big fat Indian wedding

Indians go crazy in the month of December. Because December is the the most popular month for weddings for logistics reasons. The nip in the air (in some states much more than that) gives women the vague satisfaction that their makeup won't run down in sweat. Aunties and 20-somethings alike let their hair down and dress up. And how! I have attended and have to attend quite a few weddings of some dear friends and it has been great till now.

My friend was dressed in a gorgeous red saree, the colour that symbolises womanhood and marriage. Dazzling with choice jewellery and wearing the demure, nervous charm of a bride-to-be, she looked all set to step into the responsible duty of holy matrimony.

We Indians are a heady mix of regional diversity and each group has its own fascinating wedding ceremony. In Maharashtrian Hindu cermony, the Mangalashtaks - eight holy hymns to bless for a happy married life - are chanted by a priest when a cloth is held as a partition between the bride and the groom. Once the chants are sung, and a final warning given (Shuba Mangala Saavdhaan) the partition is removed and the wedding garlands exchanged.

There's dancing, crazy dancing, and lots of yummy food. Get yourself invited to a big fat Indian wedding. You won't regret it.

2 comments:

Internation Musing said...

Any pictures Gauri?.))

Gauri Gharpure said...

Hans, this was taken at the same wedding.. i will look for more..