Rituals of a Sikh Wedding


the Customs followed by Sikhs during their ceremonies of wedding are more or less similar to those practiced by them Hindu.

pre wedding rituals

like all other weddings, shopping is an integral part of Sikh matrimonial. Sikhs begin their shopping for the wedding with the purchase of Rumalla Sahib – a set of four pieces of fabric that are beautifully embroidered and are used to cover the Granth Sahib. In a Sikh wedding, much is to pass by the maternal grandparents and aunts of the bride in clothes and jewellery. They also host a meal during wedding ceremonies.

Kurmai or commitment:

the ceremony of commitment or kurmai is usually a family affair. Bride’s family visits the House of the groom with gifts that include candy, clothes and jewelry. Father of the bride gifts groom a gold ring, a gold möhre and kara (bracelet) Gold (coins). Subsequently, these coins are strung on a black thread and given to the bride. This takes around his neck and is similar to which is used by the women Indian mangalsutra. But among Sikhs, this thread is used by brides only on special occasions.

Chunni ceremony or the Wedding Veil:

after the hiring, it’s time that the family of the groom to visit House bride. For this ceremony are invited only family close and friends of the bride and the groom. The boyfriend mother and aunts give to the bride a chunni phulkari (embroidery traditional of Punjab). In this ceremony, the mother of the groom applies mehendi or henna it on the palms of the bride. It also receives jewelry and clothing. Until some time ago, Sikh weddings were a long romance and after the commitment or Kurmai, the bride and groom were confined to the House until the Royal Wedding took place. However, the trend has now changed and this delivery period is just one day. Maiyan (when the bride and groom wear normal to look brighter on the wedding day) marks the beginning of the confinement among the ladies of the House singing songs to the rhythm of dholkis (drums).

Vatna ceremony:

the vatna ceremony takes place a few days before the wedding. This ceremony is applied a paste of turmeric and sandal, cream, rosewater, called ubatan, in the body of the bride. Under the shadow of a bagh (a piece of cloth with embroidered phulkari handmade), the bride clean clean. Bagh is a piece crafted from cotton fabric with the work of phulkari. A similar ceremony takes place at the groom’s House, as well.

after that, Mehendi is applied in the hands of the bride and other girls of the family also apply mehendi, which is followed by singing and dancing.

wedding day:

Sikh wedding usually takes place before noon.

on the day of the wedding, sister-in-law of the groom (bhabhi) and other women in her family goes to a gurduwara and a gharoli (clay jar) are filled with water. The boyfriend uses this water to bathe. A similar ritual is performed in the House of the bride as well. After taking bath, does carry the chura constituting 21 red and White armbands. Then she decorates her bridal outfit, which is a very embroidered salwar-kameez, lehenga chunni

Meanwhile put on side of boyfriend ready to go to the House of the bride or where the marriage ceremony should take place. Usually wears a Brocade ashcan (long coat) or a suit. When everyone is ready to go, sister-in-law of the groom (bhabhi) applies the surma (kohl) in their eyes and the groom gives his money as a symbol of love.

the baraat reaches House of the bride or the location of the wedding in the middle of songs and dances. The members of the family of the bride Bienvenido the baraat. The small reception is called milni. A raagi (Bard professional) recites the verse Holy. Gifts are exchanged by the members of both families. After that, the boyfriend is carries inside and is the time for Sisters of the bride and friends to participate of he in a session of the jokes.

then takes place the ceremony of the wedding in reality. The families of the bride and the groom is mounted in the gurudwara. Raagis (bards professional) singing asa di var or the anthem of it tomorrow. The couple is made to sit is in front of the guru Granth Sahib. The priest recites first the different obligations of a life marriage. After that, he sings the hymns of the marriage of the Holy Book. During lawaan, the bride and groom hold each end of the scarf, which is usually pink. The bride is driven by the bridegroom around the Granth Sahib. After the fourth round, the bride and groom are pronounced as husband and wife. They are mounted to bless the couple and give gifts and shagun. A large and lavish party follows the ceremony of lawaan.


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