In the uttranchal matrimonial, there are various pre-wedding, wedding, and post wedding rituals like any other community present in India. And each community follows these customs and traditions as per their own way and belief.
In uttranchal, the marriage is arranged by the parents of the groom and bride. The horoscopes are matched. The priest matches the two horoscopes. Both sides (groom and bride) may call upon their known priest. Caste and the family status are the main factors that are kept into consideration.
A ceremony is also held at the bride’s place if the proposal is accepted. Vermillion is applied to bride and groom.
After some time period, the engagement date is also fixed and on the day of the engagement the bride and the groom are offered gifts sweets. A necklace is also presented to the bride. A grand feast is also there, like in other parts of the country.
An auspicious day for marriage is also finalized.
On the day of the marriage the groom and his family comes to bride’s place. The marriage procession is led with a white flag which represents bridegroom and the last man of procession carries red flag which resembles bride. The procession also has drummers and palki with it.
A welcome is provided to groom and his family by the bride’s family. Everything is as per the rituals and customs. Feast is also provided.
A nose ring is presented to the bride at the auspicious time. This ceremony is known as Nath ceremony.
Next day the bride and groom perform seven rounds around the sacred fire. The gifts are also offered to the groom side. A feast is also provided. The groom, bride and the relatives of the groom then leave for the home of the groom. This time the procession leads with the red flag followed by the doli and the palki of the groom.