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South Indian Wedding Customs And Rituals: Rituals Having Deep Significance

South Indian Wedding Customs And Rituals: Rituals Having Deep Significance by parekhcards 20/07/2017 at 9:35
 

Indian weddings are auspicious events and they are celebrated in style with the accompaniment of dance and music. Indians love celebrations and weddings are no exception. The rituals and the celebration style differ from region to region. North Indian and south Indian weddings differ a lot in terms of rituals, timings and scale of events. Some prefer simple temple weddings while others prefer big gala events. The very essence of celebration is not lost and people look forward to weddings unmindful of the scale of celebrations.

South Indian Wedding Customs And Rituals South Indian Wedding Customs And Rituals

Weddings in Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka are all part of south Indian weddings. Some common elements are full grown plantain trees tied at the gateposts and the delicacies made of rice. Some delicacies are common to Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh. The venue is decorated with festoons and lot of flowers. Visit any wedding venue and you will hear nadaswaram being played and it is typical of any south Indian Hindu weddings.

Rituals In South Indian Weddings

Rangoli is commonly found at weddings held in Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka and Tamil Nadu. In a typical Tamil Brahmin wedding, the bride groom is brought in a procession to the venue from the temple. He is brought in a decorated open car which is adorned with flowers. The procession also includes musical accompaniment and he is welcomed at the venue by the bride's parents. A whole lot of rituals are spaced out for two days and people come here to enjoy the events.

Vedic hymns are chanted when the sacred knot is tied. Unlike western cultures Indians give a lot of importance to the mangalsutra. Mangalsutra is considered auspicious and an auspicious time is selected to tie the mangalsutra around the bride. South Indians generally have a preferred costume colour for the bride and the draping style is also traditional. All the vows are taken before the fire and both the bride and groom are made to sit for hours together before the fire.

Religious rituals are given a lot of importance and Vedic scholars perform the ceremony. The groom is also dressed in a traditional attire and the whole place smells of Jasmine flowers. Both the bride's and the groom's family have so many rituals to be done. Feast is an important part of the wedding and the hosts take care to provide different menus during the whole event. Food is always given a lot of importance and in some cultures return gift are also given to the guests.

Rituals need not be serious always as there are some playful rituals. These are embedded into the weddings so that the bride, groom and their families can have fun time together. The swing ceremony is one such ritual where both the bride and groom are seated on a swing and rice balls are thrown by relatives to ward off evil eye. These rituals were conceived as an ice breaker between the bride and the groom. South Indian wedding invitation cards have details about the important rituals and these cards are usually printed in customary colours and styles.


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