Importance of marriage in Indian Culture

 

India is a nation with vast and ancient traditions. The country blossoms with an extensive numbers of colorful culture, languages, communities and tribes. India gives great significance to the tradition of marriage. Indian Marriages are always celebrated with great happiness and enthusiasm. Marriages in India are the most memorable event of one’s life. The Indian culture has never been rigid and that’s why it’s surviving with pride in the modern era. It timely imbibes the qualities of various other cultures and comes out as a contemporary and acceptable tradition. That is what unique about the Indian culture..it moves on with the time
Indian marriages are performed with great purity and making couple to learn the true meanings of being together. Marriage is also the only relationship, which connects the married couple for the life time. The most important thing in one’s life is to marry at right age, with the right person.
The most difficult task is to find the right person to marry and Indian people spend large amount of time for the matrimonial search. Nowadays love marriages have made easy for the parents to search an online matrimonial site. As now boys and girls find their own life partners and parents are left with the task of showering their love and blessings on their children for their happy married life. In India new concept of love marriage is introduced. It has brought a new revolutionary change in the thought process of the Indians. Now Indian marriages are of more effervescent and exaggerated, due to the participation of the young minds. But in case of the arrange marriages, the process remains the same. The matrimonial search for the potential Indian bride and groom has to go a number of phases.
Parents, friends, relatives of the particular bride or groom really have to do a proper research work before forming a grouping with the other family members. There are various different ways for matrimonial search in India. It sometimes, becomes very complicated to find a perfect match for the potential Indian bride or India groom. But with the origination of internet, it has become far easier to search an Indian groom or bride for marriage.
The Indian culture has never been rigid and that’s why it’s surviving with pride in the modern era. It timely imbibes the qualities of various other cultures and comes out as a contemporary and acceptable tradition. That is what unique about the Indian culture..it moves on with the time.

– SANJAY SINGH CHAHAR

Marriages made in Heaven but arranged by us


It is said that marriages are made in heaven but are arranged on Earth. Marriage is an important part in one’s life. In India Marriage is treated as an alliance between two families rather than a union between two individuals.  Indian Marriages are no less than a festival and are celebrated with pomp and grandeur.

 

 It starts with the match making process where parents look for suitable match for their children. In earlier period this work   ( of Matchmaking )  was performed by family friends or distant relatives but now things are changed. Nowadays  people prefer newspapers or websites but the point is whom to Trust? Whether the information provided is authentic or not?

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The Festival of Marriage

The Festival of Marriage

“Life is all about getting the best- job, power or marriage.”

 

Marriages are made in heaven- an expression that all of us have been hearing from childhood. Every individual dreams to have a perfect partner who can share our life. Wedding in India is not only a relationship between two individuals rather it is an amalgamation of two souls, families, rituals, and a lot more.

“India is a rich country full of diversities in all standards. People here respect their traditions, love their culture and family and ultimately require to get the best partner, a soul rich in love and culture”

Weddings are celebrated as an occasion in India and Indian give due respect to the essence of wedding and the way they are performed. It is an auspicious event for Indians and they thoroughly involve themselves in each and every ritual associated with wedding.

We are well aware of the diversities in India ranging from Hindus, Muslims, Sikhs to Christians giving an ample opportunity for all of us to see different styles of weddings. It is a well heard saying with in the Hindu families that-

“Small girls grow up…

Fathers dreams rose up…..

Finding the best match…

Is his biggest job……….

His heart is heavy to send…….

His angle away…….

With high hope and heavy heart….

He bids adieu to her angle……….”

Marriage in India are the biggest occasions for which the parents start planning for the day the child is born especially if its the baby girl. This principle is followed in India irrespective of any caste, creed or religion. There is no doubt that the traditions vary from caste-to-caste but the essence of marriage is the same in all……..

 

 

Anchal Jain  

Gujrati wedding

Gujrati wedding

Since time immemorable  marriage had been an integral part of human culture.It is way for the propensity  of human civilization.Whatever the latitude we look for ,howsoever the people and their tradition be in that zone of globe -one concept nurtures the core of every human being-marriage.

Marriage is the heritage of every culture and is thought to be one of most essential part of an individual’s life.

With the geographic boundaries dresses change , cuisine changes and the traditions too.Like every other flock of people gujratis have their own customs and beliefs for marriage.They follow a set of different ritual.Behind every difference lies the common idea of blessing the couple tieing into nuptial knots of relation.

Pre wedding rituals

1)Sagai- the to be brides goes to the home of to be groom with matli which is generally made of steel and imbibes sweets n gifts in it.Matli is a symbol of good luck and is a way to demarcate the acceptance of relation by girl’s family.

It ends with a small rasm where 5 ladies from each family bless the would be couple.This represents the promise between the families going to become relatives

2)Garba- is one of the most popular dance form that makes every feet to move on the rhythm.It is a social gathering that takes place a night before marriage.Here the couples dance with daandia in hands.The motive of this ceremony is to introduce the people of same religion so that future couples could be made.

3)Pithi-its an alternative name of the rasm haldi where gal and boy both are applied with haldi paste for the cleansing of skin.

4)Mehndi-bride’s hands and feets are adorned with heena paste.

5)Mandap mahurat-pooja’s are performed in both the homes of would be bride and groom.This is a way of asking lord ganesha’s blessing for the commensuration of new relationship.

6)Grih shanti-this pooja is performed for the happy married life of new  couple and escape of any dosh if present.It is planned on an specific mahurat after matching the horoscopes of bride and groom.

Wedding ceremony

1)Bharat-the grooms family moves to the bride’s home dancing and celebrating.Generally the dulha sits on ghodi but now a days lavish cars are a new trend.

2)Ponkvu-it is an official start of gujrati marriage where groom’s mother in law welcomes the barat with aarti and teases groom by poking his nose.This is away to signify that it is the groom who has come to their door asking for their daughter’s hand.

3)Jaimala-exchange of garlands between the bride and groom.

4)Madhuparka-the groom is invited to mandap where his feet are washed with honey and milk.During this duration saali’s(gal’s sisters) steal the shoes of groom and demand joota churai shagun(gifts and cash)to return them,traditionally the groom is to return wearing the same shoes he came wearing.

5)Kanya agmana-the bride is brought to the mandap by her mama(maternal unle).An antarpat (curtain)is stretched between the bride and groom which is lowered with the proceedings of pooja and garlands are exchanged.

6)Kanya daan-here the gal’s parents keeps her hands over that of grrom signifying that they are giving the laxmi(their daughter) to lord Vishnu(groom).Parents generally fast on the day so as to keep themselves pure for the ritual.

7)Hasta milap-here the scarf of groom is tied to the saree of bride signifying the union of two souls.Pandit chants mantra and relatives shower the rice and rose petals to bless the couple.

8) Mangal Pheras- The bride and groom circle the sacred fire four times, signifying the four basic human goals of Dharma, Artha, Kama and Moksha ,with the mantra chantings by pandita nd their recitation by groom.At the end of the pheras the bride and groom will run to sit down first and the one who finds a seat first is said to rule the house

9) Saptapadi- The groom helps the bride touch seven betel nuts with her right toe, while they recite the seven vows. With each step, the groom chants mantras in which he requests support from his wife.

10) Saubhagyavati Bhava – Seven married women from the bride’s side will pass by the couple at this time and whisper blessings into the bride’s right ear.

11)Chero Pakaryo- Traditionally, when the bride’s mother passes, the groom will tug at her sari as a way of asking the bride’s family for gifts.

12)Ashirwadcouple asks for the blessings of their elders.

Post wedding

1)Vidaai – departure of the newly married couple with tears of joy and sadness. The bride is often carried out by her brothers.

2)Ghar Nu Laxmi- The bride is welcomed into the groom’s home as the Goddess Laxmi who will bring good fortune to her new home. The mother-in-law places a vessel filled with rice at the entrance to the home which is to be spilled by the bride by touching it with her right foot. This is a symbol of wealth and the bride accepts her responsibilities towards her new home.

3)Aeki BekiThe couple will then often play a game called Aeki Beki in which a tray of water is mixed with milk and sindoor (vermilion). In this tray are placed several coins and a ring. It is believed that the person who finds the ring four out of seven times will rule the household. The day is concluded with prayers to God requesting happiness and love for the newly married couple.

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Namrta  Chauhan 

WHY PEOPLE GET MARRRIED

Most people want to grow old with someone they love. They want to have someone to talk to, travel with and share life’s challenges with. When life gets tough, it becomes manageable if you have a caring spouse by our side. Whether you have a job or stay home, sharing a household with somebody at night and on weekends can give a sense of fulfillment in your personal and social life. 

In reality, you can get involved with someone without getting married but it can be meaningless if you think about it. Both of you know that either can give up on the relationship in a blink of an eye, creating a sense of tentativeness and insecurity. Coming with a formal marriage are respect and commitment, which can enhance the romantic value of the relationship. It’s always a great feeling to wake up with someone who has vowed to share his/her life with you, and vice versa. Stolen kisses or a late-night rendezvous are extra sweeter. Raising a family with someone you love is possibly the most intimate relationship you can have. Bringing up children and doing everything to provide them with a good life (food, shelter, education, etc.) are not easy. Kids need both a male and a female influence. When one or the other is lacking, it may interrupt normal developmental patterns and social adjustments. There may be a lot of single parents who successfully raise healthy and successful children, but it is easier and better to have two parents who work together to attain this goal.Those who have a job that pays sufficiently can financially support themselves. However, what happens when the company goes out of business or you acquire a life-threatening illness that costs you your job? The point here is not about getting married for money; rather, it is comforting to know that in marriage, the couple shares assets and helps each other through rough times including financial difficulties.

we need a witness to our lives.
There’s a billion people on the planet.
What does any one life really mean?
But in a marriage, you’re promising to care about everything…
The good things, the bad things, the terrible things, the mundane things,
All of it… all the time, every day.
You’re saying “Your life will not go unnoticed because I will notice it.
Your life will not go unwitnessed – because I will be your witness.
– SANJAY SINGH CHAHAR

INDIAN WEDDINGS & MUSIC


Music and Entertainment are indispensable from Indian Weddings. But how do you set the tone for a wedding event with music? Bollywood movies are full of great songs for weddings. It’s always good to be prepared and have a playlist ready for your wedding functions. Here I am going to discuss the events you need music and entertainment for and how to go about selecting it.

Mehendi: The “Mehendi” function is a very fun and festive ceremony. Music, when selected appropriately, can add a great ambience to this function. If you choose to do the music for your mehendi yourself, you can make an iPod, iTunes or a Winamp playlist of your favorite mehendi songs to play. Alternatively, if you are having a DJ, you can hand over your list to them. If you can find someone who can play a dholak and sing folk songs, then that will add a very festive mood to this function. Here is a list of few songs to get you brainstorming:

  • Mehendi Laga Ke Rakhna (Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jaayenge)
  • Mehendi Hai Rachne Waali (Zubeida)
  • Mayi Ni Mayi (Hum Aapke Hain Kaun)
  • Mehendi Ki Raat Aayi (Models)
  • Mehendi Lagaaongi (Vibha)

Sangeet: This is the night of entertainment! Full of fun performances and lots of dancing. There are plenty of ways to add entertainment to this event. You can hire performers, performances by family and friends (my favorite!), live singing, or hire a DJ. When it comes to family performances, they can get very creative – You can enact the couple’s story with music and dance, You can do a skit, You can have a theme, the possibilities are endless! You can also add a traditional touch with dhol, garba, dandiya raas and bhangra. Here are some of our favorite Sangeet Songs:

    • Kala Shah Kala (Traditional Punjabi)
    • Baari Barsi (Traditional Punjabi)
    • Eli Re Eli (Yaadein)
    • Sajan Ji Ghar Aaye (Kuch Kuch Hota Hai)
    • Pehli Pehli Baar Dekha Aisa Jalwa (Silsila)
    • Nimbooda (Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam)
    • Maahi Ve (Kal Ho Na Ho)
    • Bole Chudiyan (Kabhi Khushi Kabhi Gum)
    • Dholna (Shubha Mudgal)
    • Yeh Ladka Hai Allah (Kabhi Khushi Kabhi Gam)

Baraat: Baraat, which is a procession of the groom and his side of the family, is an age long tradition. Dance and Music are must! Dhols are perfect way to set the tone for this event. Some appropriate Baraat songs could be:

    • Le Jaayenge Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jaayenge
    • Nach Baliye (Bunty Aur Babli)
    • Dholi Taaro Dhol Baaje (Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam)
    • Aaja Nachle (Bally Sagoo)
    • Chunari Chunari (Biwi No. 1)
    • Shava Shava (Kabhi Khushi Kabhi Gam)

Wedding Ceremony: The ceremony is the most traditional event in all the festivities. Hence, the music should be apt for that. The tunes of shehnai, santoor and bansuri can really set the right atmosphere for a wedding ceremony. Consider buying some Classical CDs or music online.

Reception: For the reception you have to select songs for a number of things:

  • Cocktail Hour: For cocktail hour, your guests would be mingling with each other and there will be conversations. It’s better to have music which is not too distracting and is just there for background. Usually slow and romantic numbers work the best. Here is what we recommend:
  • Introduction of the Bridal Party: Music that introduces the bridal party, parents and bride & groom should be fast paced and upbeat that gets the audience to cheer along and lets the bridal party show their personality. Here are some suggestions:
  • First Dance: There are so many songs to choose from for the first dance. Frankly, it depends on the couple. If they have a favorite song that has a special meaning then they can always go with that. For the first dance, couples usually choose to do a slow ballroom dance. The couple can also choose to do a fast number followed by the slow dance to surprise the audience. Here are some suggestions for First Dance:
  • Cake Cutting:
  • While Guests are eating: For the time the guests are eating, I would again play music that is there in background and something similar to what is played during the cocktail hour. You can also choose to do a slideshow of your pictures during this time.
      • Hey Shona (Tara Rum Pum)
      • Teri Ore (Singh is King)
      • Khuda Jaane (Bachna Ae Haseeno)
      • Saanson Se Saanse (Hum Tum)
      • Aapki Nazron Ne Instrumental
      • Chura Liya Hai (Yaadon Ki Baraat)
      • Zara Sa (Jannat)
      • Kya Mujhe Pyaar Hai (Woh Lamhe)
      • Deewangi (Om Shaanti Om)
      • Mundiyan Tu Bachke Rahe (Punjabi MC)
      • Dil Dooba (Khakee)
      • Twist (Love Aaj Kal)
      • Pehli Nazar Mein (Race)
      • Hey Shona (Tara Rum Pum)
      • Love Song (OST 50 First Dates)
      • Now that we found love (OST Hitch)
      • Everything I do (Bryan Adams)
    • Come What May (Moulin Rouge)
    • The Sweetest Thing (U2)
    • Sweetest Thing (Lauryn Hill)

 

  • Dancing: Dancing is something that everyone looks forward to at the wedding. Hiring a DJ is a must to make sure that your guests have a great time. I would strongly suggest that the brides have a must play and do not play list for this part of the reception. In fact if you are very meticulous, you could make a spreadsheet with categories like Bollywood, Punjabi & Bhangra, Hip Hop, Reggae, 80s, Classics etc. You have to make sure that the music caters to everyone in your audience, from the young crowd to the elders. Here are some good dance numbers:

 

  • Where is the Party tonight (Kabhi Alvida Na Kehna)
  • Jhalak Dikhla Ja (Remix)
  • Rang Barse and Other Amitabh Bacchan Music
  • Only You (112)
  • Turn Me On (Kevin Lyttle)
  • Girls Just Wanna Have Fun (Cindy Lauper)
  • Electric Slide
  • The way I are (Timbaland)
  • Mauja Hi Mauja (Jab We Met)
  • Don’t stop till you get enough and Most Michael Jackson Songs
  • Dancing Queen (ABBA)
  • Kangna (Dr. Zeus)
  • Don’t Be Shy (Rouge)
  • Glassy (Ashok Mastie)
  • Ishq (Sukhbir)
  • Billy Jean Vs Husn
  • Rail Gaddi
  • Most Jay Sean, Rishi Rich and Juggy D Music
  • Give it up to me (Sean Paul)
  • Crank That (Soulja Boy)

 

– Haritha

A RAJPUT WEDDING


MARRIAGE THROUGH THE AGES
Rajputs are the only clan perhaps who have carried forward the tradition of the royal family weddings, the grooms’ riding of elephants and the brides’ decked up in diamonds and other precious stones. The ceremonies are always solemn and the proceedings are marked with ostensible firmness. Thus, in a way marriage is regarded as a very serious affair in which not only the boy and the girl of both the families are involved but also the their parents and the entire family lines.

The Rajput marriages , as a rule, are grand traditional affairs. The royal weddings extend to days and is mind boggling. There are innumerable events and exhaustively rich. Even the Rajput marriage of the bourgeois class is an elaborate affair – with scores of traditional customs and rituals.

MATCH MAKING
Rajput gives special attention to the matchmaking aspect of the marriage . The match between a boy and girl is made by taking into consideration many important facts. The family is the first and the foremost significant of all factors. Every care is taken to ensure that the alliance is perfect. The status of the families have to be at par. It is also very important that the bride and the groom hail from separate clans. The horoscopes have to be approved and matched by the family astrologer. Rajputs prefer to marry within the community only. However, exceptions are made if either the bride or the groom comes from a royal family.

COSTUMES 

Bridal Wear
The bride would wear a traditional Rajasthani poshak. It comprises a ghagra (a long pleated skirt), blouse and a dupatta. The clothing is always colorful as to put up a contrast to the dull bleached hue of the sands across the Thar. Color and verve is essential as in this barren land, color is the only reality. So, there is a sense of both flamboyance and coquetry in the bridal dress. The traditional bridal wear is mostly red but other colors like those of the orange, bright yellow and pink are welcome as well. A bright parrot green is a particular favorite of a particular Rajput clan. A lot many jewellery adorn the bride as well. There would be the Rakhri (a circular piece of jewellery for the forehead), hanging earrings, the timaniyaan (a choker studded with uncut diamonds), the chooda (a set of ivory and gold bangles), the bajuband or gold and stone-studded armlets, gold anklets and the bichhiya or gold toe-rings for the feet and finally, there is the nath or the stone-studded nose-ring.

Groom’s Attire
The traditional attire for the Rajasthani male includes a long coat in golden color – known as the Achkan. There are the very majestic saffron turban worn alongwith a churidar (tight salwars) and regal shoes. Surprisingly, the groom too wears some eye dazzling jewellery, such as those of a special jewellery, Serpech to be worn on the turban. There are a necklace to be worn around the neck and a cummerband at the waist.

 

RITUALS 

Rituals Before Marriage 

Tilak Ceremony  – This is the official engagement ceremony wherein only the male members of the girl’s family goes to the boy’s house. Only the bride’s father, brother and other male relatives take part in this ceremony. No ladies accompany the men in this occasion. The ceremony, as its name suggests, has the girl’s brother applying the tilak to the groom’s forehead. The men from the girl’s family usually present the boy with gifts such as a sword, other presents, clothes, sweets, fruits etc. This ceremony makes the engagement or alliance official.

Ganapati Sthapana and Griha Shanti Ceremony – Few days prior to the actual marriage , takes place the Ganapati Sthapana and Griha Shanti ceremony. These are held as very important as it takes place in lieu of the ring ceremony. A havan is performed by the groom or bride’s parents to propitiate the gods and an idol of Lord Ganapati is installed. All ceremonies commence only after the sthapana (installation).

Pithi Dastoor Ceremony – This is an exquisite ceremony which takes place at both the bride and the groom’s places. This ritual applies to both the bride and the groom. It would continue till the final wedding day. The rites include the application of turmeric and sandal wood paste to the one going to get married. The bride and the groom would not be able to leave their respective houses as soon as the pithi starts. The pithi dastoor takes place on a large scale at the bride’s house. For the occasion, the bride has to wear an orange Rajasthani dress. She is made to come under a silken canopy, which is held with the help of swords at the four corners by four ladies. These ladies eventually belong to the same clan. Then she is brought to the ladies gathering and these ladies then apply the paste to her. The pithi at the groom’s place is held on a minor scale. Dholans (women singers with dholak) sing auspicious pre-wedding songs while the ceremony is in progress. Throughout the wedding celebrations, the dholans are omnipresent, along with the Shehnai and the nagara players, though the latter remain at the courtyard or the garden.

Mahira Dastoor – Mahira Dastoor is again a custom exclusive to the Rajputs. It takes place at both the girl and the boy’s houses. This particular ceremony involves the maternal uncle of either side. The maternal uncle alongwith his family arrives with much fanfare. He is received with much greetings by the respective families. The uncle then gives clothes, jewellery and sweet delicacies to the entire family. It is a ceremony symbolic of the fact that the maternal uncle has to lend a hand of help at the expenditure that his sister undergoes during her child’s marriage.

Janev Ceremony – Janev ceremony is an important ritual of the Hindu marriages . It has the rite of making the groom wear the sacred thread. The janev is worn by men only. The groom is made to wear the janev on the eve of his becoming the house-holder. He is made to wear a saffron robe and perform a yagna with the priest. The Rajputs wear the saffron robe with the thought that the groom has two choice before him. One that of renouncing the world by becoming an ascetic and the other is of getting married and accepting the responsibilities of marriage . At the end of the yagna, the groom has to act as if he wants to become an ascetic by running away. And the maternal uncle tries to stop him and convince him to get married.

Palla Dastoor – Palla Dastoor is a custom quintessential to the Rajputs. It involves the people from the boy’s family coming with the trousseau – known as the palla dastoor. A day or two before marriage some relatives from the boy’s family come along with a set of things like the clothes and the jewellery which the bride has to wear at the wedding and also some gifts.

Baraat Procession – Rajput Baraat is different from all other Indian baraat styles. It is elegant, poised and individualistic. For one thing, the Rajput baraat is again an all men’s affair. So, to speak it consists of only the gents of the groom’s family. Ladies do not take part in the procession. As much as that there is no dancing as the baraat progresses through the street. The groom usually rides an elephant or a horse and carries a sword. Also, each of the other male members of the family carry a sword.

Marriage Rituals 
The groom is taken by the bride’s mother to the ladies section after performing the traditional Aarti. He is then proceeded towards the wedding mandap. In all this only a married male relative or a brother or a male cousin accompany him. The wedding takes pace as usual with the yagna fire and the vedic mantras. There are the pheras also. The only exceptional thing about the whole thing is that the bride has to keep her face hidden behind a long veil throughout the marriage . It is mostly attended by the women folk of the family as the men of the house remain busy tending after the barati and other guests.

Rituals After Marriage 

Grihapravesh – Grihapravesh is actually the entry of the bride into her husband’s house for the first time. There take place the essential puja and other rituals as the bride arrives at the sasural (father-in-law’s house).There take place certain games between the bride and the groom, those alike to the usual games that take place in other Hindu weddings.

Pagelagni – The day following the grihapravesh, the pagelagni takes place. This is a ceremony where the bride, still in veil, is formally introduced to all the family members of the groom who bless her and give her gifts. The veil is then finally removed.

CELEBRATIONS 

Music & Dance
The Mehfils are the main attractions of the Rajasthani wedding. A mehfil is a place where the ladies of the house assemble for music and dance evening. There is of course a gents mehfil as well. At the ladies mehfil, the women collect together at an enclosed courtyard or hall. They are usually dressed in sparkling dresses of all colors. Then, they perform Ghoomar, a famous Rajasthani dance number. The bride at the mehfil is given the position of the guest of honor. Though she can also take part in the dance numbers but it is generally believed that she should not overdo it. As overdoing indicates that she is not a modest and well behaved girl. The ladies mehfil at the boy’s place is the same except for the groom being allowed to attend the only for ladies programme. The men’s mehfils at both the girl and the boy’s places have a different flavor altogether. In these mehfils, professional singers are being invited to perform and these are exclusive all male parties.

Cuisine
Rajput cuisine comprise vegetarian as well as non-vegetarain fare. The Rajputs who are Vaishnavs, those that worship Lord Krishna are strictly vegetarian and the cuisine includes the traditional Rajasthani dishes like the daal-bati. Daal-bati is a dish of cooked lentils and roasted balls of dough, served alongwith a number of dried or pickled berries cooked in different ways. The warrior class among the Rajputs, those that have warriors as their ancestors, take non-vegetarian dishes. The food is again diverse, inclusive of the seafood and vegetarian dishes. Then, there are the tandoori mixed grill with chicken, lamb, fish, and shrimp, and a smattering of curry offerings.

SOME MODERNIZED CUSTOMS 
Bidai – Bidai or farewell to the bride takes place a little unusually in the Rajput clan. The norm is that during the bidai, a coconut has to be placed under the wheel of the car. The moving car has to break the coconut before proceeding further. The bride would pull up her veil before she rides the car. The husband normally gives his wife a piece of jewellery as a mooh dikhai (a token gift as a part of thanksgiving for showing her face).

 

– Haritha