Thursday, October 1, 2009

Indian Wedding Part 2

An Indian wedding celebration occurs over several I decided I needed a few posts to show the different celebrations. The Sikh wedding ceremony is conducted at the Gurdwara (Sikh Temple), the one above was at the Temple in Yuba City. The Barat (photo top right) is where the groom, his family, and close friends parade in a dancing group, often with dohl drummers. They are welcomed by the brides family. This is followed by the Milni ceremony where both sides meet and exchange hugs, garlands and well wishes. All guests share tea and breakfast before the blessing ceremony.
The Blessing Ceremony is in the Gurdwara Hall, where men and women sit on opposite sides and remove their shoes before entering; they also cover their hair with colorful scarves.
The bride and groom then enter and begin the ceremony. During the Palla ceremony, the father of the bride places one end of the scarf, coming from the groom's shoulder, into the brides hand to signify that she is leaving his care to join her husband's. There are many reading and songs and the couple walks around Sri Guru Granth Sahib (the altar area) a total of four times. After the ceremony everyone joins together for Langar, a community meal. Indian weddings are such fun with constant dancing and eating, and the most amazing outfits and jewelry. For more information see

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