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Sikkim Wedding practices

2/1/2013 5:54:00 AM

  Sikkim is an Indian state located in the Himalayan Mountains. Sikkim mostly has a Nepalese population. People belonging to Bhutia and Limbu can be found in small numbers. Due to different caste of people residing there different wedding cultures are followed there. Marriage outside the community is allowed.   Limbus Wedding The marriages are mostly arranged by parents or result when a boy elopes with a girl. Asking for a girl's hand, that is the most important ceremony. In that system, the girl can ask for anything and an unlimited amount of gold, silver, etc. This confirms to the girl's family that the boy is financially secure enough to keep their daughter happy. Few days after the wedding, the boy's family members have to visit the girl's house with a piglet and some alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks depending upon the financial standard of his house. The key ceremonies of a Limbu wedding take place in the groom's house rather than that of the bride's because gi

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Mizoram wedding Rituals

2/4/2013 12:10:00 AM

  India's northeast is a mixture of tradition, ethnicity and cultural heritage. Popularly known as the Seven Sisters, the states Assam, Meghalaya, Nagaland, Mizoram, Tripura, Manipur and Arunachal Pradesh is a mix of race and rituals. Mizo is a grouping of people which consists of several ethnic groups. These have a common culture, tradition, language, custom, mode of cultivation, form of government, etc. Marriage is generally settled through negotiations by both parties. It consists of three steps.   Pattam Pur (First Step) The boy's parent and relatives goes to visit the girl's house. In addition to that they have to take Pulbareng which is a special carrier made by bamboo, Midejogora (wine which made by sticky-rice), Sanny pedya, Vini pedya,Hoga pedya (which is biscuits made by sticky-rice, normal rice mixed with coconuts, sugar cane juice, etc.).The girl’s parents have keep a big jar with full of water in front of the house. Whe

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Meghalaya wedding Rituals

2/4/2013 5:40:00 AM

  Marriage within a clan is prohibited in Meghalaya. Second the girls propose marriage to boys. Third the woman is considered the mistress of the household and the sole custodian of wealth and not just a proprietress. The woman has rights over the house. The institution of bride price does not apply. The child bears mother’s surname.   Rings or betel-nut bags are exchanged between the bride and the bridegroom to complete the union. There is no dowry system. Both sexes are free to choose their own partners. Often there is no formal marriage ceremony with the relationship merely sealed by the man moving into a woman's joint family ancestral home.

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Punjabi Pre-Wedding Rituals

2/5/2013 6:12:00 AM

A Punjabi wedding is a strong reflection of Punjabi culture. The Punjabi wedding has many rituals which includes many famous Punjabi dances. A Punjabi wedding is also known as Anand Karaj. The religious ceremony has to take place in the Gurdwara or in presence of Guru Granth Sahib, where both sides of the family and friends are heavily involved. The wedding rituals go on for a period of three days.   Pre-Wedding Rituals   Takha In this ceremony the couple commit that they are ready for the alliance. A form of prayer known as Ardaas is also offered. Finally gifts are exchanged.   Mangni / Shagun In this ritual the groom's family ask for the bride's hand before marriage. This is known as magni. The groom side gives gifts and jewellery to the bride's side. This is known as shagun. The shagun is an indication that the groom's parents are ready for the alliance.   Rokka It is the unofficial engagement ceremony. The main purpose behind the ceremony is

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Tibet Pre-Wedding Rituals

2/6/2013 6:22:00 AM

In Tibet free love is common between young men and women and the most interesting thing is that the parents don't interfere in their child's will. The girl and the boy start dating secretly. Public gatherings are considered appropriate occasions for boys to meet girls. After a certain point of time the boys takes the initiative and tell his decision to his parents.   Proposal Before communicating his decision for marriage the boys would collect all the information about the girl like mouse, ox, tiger, rabbit, dragon, snake, horse, sheep, monkey, chicken, dog or pig. Now he would approach an astrologer to check if her attributes are compatible with his. If the astrologer shows a green signal he would go to his parents and tell them about the girl. If the parents are ready they would approach the girl’s family with gifts which includes Khatag, chang, Yak Butter Tea. If the girl's parents have no objection they proceed to the engagement.    Engagement Both

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Bangladeshi Pre-Wedding Rituals

2/8/2013 6:29:00 AM

Bangladeshi marriage ceremonies spread over several days and included many rituals. A traditional Bangladeshi marriage used to last for seven days. These days it expands to duration of four days. The favourite season for weddings in Bangladesh is winter. A Bangladeshi marriage is mostly an arranged affair.   Panchini (Engagement) This is the first formal event. Family members of both the parities take part into this event. Most important things is that the couple is not allowed to take part in each other engagement function. First engagement ceremony is held at the bride's house where father of the groom presents a ring to the bride. The engagement ring is usually put on the fourth finger of the right hand by either her future husband’s mother or grandmother. This is followed by a feast. A similar event is held for the groom at his family home, where the bride is represented by members of her family and friends. After this formal

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Nepali Pre-wedding Rituals

2/11/2013 6:21:00 AM

  The wedding ceremony is a very important affair not only between two people but their family too. It is a big celebration. Wedding in Nepal is multiday occasion which spread over the whole village.   The First Meeting Nepal follows the tradition of arranged marriage. The parents search a girl for their son. If they have found one they would keep the proposal in front of the girl’s family. For this purpose they would appoints one his relatives as a mediator. In Nepal he is known as Lami. He will initiate a talk with the girl's family and do all the negotiations. The girl’s parents would consider certain factors for match making like caste, religions, ages, economic status, education profession of bride and groom and same first language, following the same culture and traditions. Caste or tribe is considered as the main factor for selecting the matches. The parents of both the parities would go to a matchmaker who would go through the horoscopes of the boy

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Wedding Traditions Followed in Lakshadweep, Andaman and Nichobar Islands

2/12/2013 9:49:00 AM

Polygamy is practised in all islands. Marriages between certain castes are not permissible. A higher caste male can marry a woman of higher caste. Inter caste marriage is not permissible sometimes.   The husband is bound to pay an annual payment the upkeep of his wife which is one of the important marriage settlement clauses. Unlike many societies, a divorce in Lakshadweep is not considered a social stigma. On marriage a man goes to his wife’s house and takes his wife’s family name. A wife can demand divorce on grounds of non-payment of customary due. Adultery provide a ground for divorce. A man always sleeps in his wife's house (Vidu), takes tea or Kunjee there in the early morning and then goes to his own house (Pusa). All his meals he takes in his own house. While the man continues to be the bread winner of the family, the entire affairs of the family are managed by the female of the house. This is because of long absence of male members of the family as

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Chhattisgarhi Pre-Wedding Rituals

2/13/2013 6:46:00 AM

A Chhattisgarhi wedding is a 4 to 5 day affair. The rituals followed in the marriage represent the belief of the people of the state. Various gods and goddesses are worshiped on the day of the marriage in the house of the groom and the bride. The bridegroom should always be older than the bride. Marriages are always celebrated during the months of Magh and Phagun.   Marriage proposal The boy's parents and relatives go to the girl’s house with their proposal. The girl's parent serves them a delicious meal. After that they get seated and start talking about marriage proposal in the best possible or ideal way. In Chhattisgarh it is a tradition to speak neither too slow, nor in too hurry. It is called 'Saga-Neti talk'. The boy’s parents keep the proposal in a calm and polite manner.   Sagai or Faldan If the girl’s parents accept the proposal then a date is fixed for engagement. It is also called 'Panch Piye Pindhan'.The wedding clothes and jewellery ar

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Himachal Pradesh Pre-Wedding rituals

2/26/2013 2:52:00 AM

  Brahm form of marriage is very popular in the region. It is an elaborate procedure and involves a series of rites and rituals. It is also known as Vedic marriage. Here is a detailed description of pre-wedding rituals performed in a Brahm form of marriage.   Laganotri   In this rituals the prohits of two sides meet and decide the whole schedule of the marriage. They choose the appropriate dates for the further rituals. Two copies of the schedule are prepared. The copies are then handed over to the each side. These copies are called laganotri. It is a custom to pay a certain fees to the priest. This laganotri has a great significance as it prescribes the time when first ornament or cloth is to be prepared. In addition to that it also contains the suitable time for the collection of food. This is also known as sarvarambha muhurat.   Neundra   This ritual is performed seven, five or three days before th

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