Bengali people are rich in culture and traditions. The Bengali matrimony depicts so. It is celebrated with great pomp and show. And it is not alone the union of two individuals but also the union of all near and dear ones. Bengali people are deeply rooted in their culture and they perform their marriages in their own way. But with the growing passage of time, changes have also occurred, and their customs have also evolved.
In Bengali matrimony one will find beautiful dresses, delicious cuisines, and much more that add up to the enjoyment of the Bengali matrimony.
The official announcement pre-wedding ceremonies begin with Aashirwaad which means that the groom has to go to bride’s place and there bride is blessed by the groom’s family. Groom is also blessed and is offered gifts after he is being anointed with sandalwood tilak on his forehead. Thereafter sweets are distributed among the people present there.
Another ceremony is Holud Kota. In this ceremony turmeric paste is applied on the face, hands and feet of the bride by the elder women of the family.
And after that Dodhi Mongal ceremony is there where the bride is made to wear red and white bangles.
On the wedding day the bride is supposed to take a bath in the wee hours. She also takes rice, curd and sweets at the dawn.
Bor Boron is the welcome ceremony done by the bride’s side, when the groom and his relatives reach the bride’s home.
The groom sits on the chadnatolla, and the bride is made to sit on pidi (wooden stool). Brothers of the bride carry her while sitting on the pidi and she takes 7 circles, and this is known as Saat Paak.
Bride and groom exchange their garlands and this ceremony is referred to as Mala Badal.
Women blow conch and produce a particular sound with their mouth and palms.
After the garlands are exchanged the couple is supposed to face the audience. The bride is made to sit on the chadnatolla, where an elder male member from her family handsover her to the groom and their hands are also bound by a sacred thread.
The bride, and groom sit before the sacred fire and priest chants mantras. The bride and groom also take seven rounds around the fire. After this, the groom holds the bride’s hands and the brother of the bride fills her palms with puffed rice. That rice is offered to the sacred fire.
Another ceremony is sindoor daan, in which the groom applies vermillion line through her hair partition.
A grand feast is also served to the guests. After this the bride leaves for her new home.
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