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

Kashmiri wedding tradition

It is said that you cannot feel the depth of a sea unless you go into it. Like the same saying, recently I had witnessed a kashmiri wedding(one of my friend’s brother’s marriage) and trust me the experience has been very different from other normal Hindu wedding ceremonies.

                        The wedding was to be held during the month of December but the preparations had begun well before i.e. month of November. The whole ceremony had some mouth watering dishes, starting from kheer which was a bit salty made of rice. It is said that the ceremony is not complete until and unless it is been accompanied with some non-vegetarian taste to it. The more interesting things is the Poojas and rituals which are performed during the whole ceremony period. On an average there are a total of 5-6 occasions before marriage day that such rituals and poojas are been performed by the whole Kashmiri Family.

Besides the new colorful dresses worn by women of the family, they wear a special ornament called Athoor, a kind of special bunch on her essential accessory called Dejhor made of gold which all married women should wear in their ears during such important occasions. It signifies Suhagaan(married one). There are different varieties of athoor like pearl, silver and golden threads.

Another interesting fact to note is that the puja carried out are in between the marriage ceremony and in this whole process the women members of the family are supposed to fast and eat stuff like Kheva(Special Tea), fruit chat. In many poojas and hawans, after fast Non-veg food is cooked, including two types of non-veg and three dishes of veg items, except for Tuesday and Thursday in which strict vegetarian food is prepared.

The thread ceremony of the Groom is also been done only few days before the wedding. Non–veg is strictly banned at this day of ritual. Milk and curd are the integral part of Kashmiri household. Nonstop supply of Lassi, dahi and tea of three varieties, Namkeen Chai(sheer Chai,) Kheva(Mogail Chai) and our own Lipton chai goes on every day of wedding be it three days or a month.

The whole wedding ceremony begins in the evening with gana bajana and continues till late night and a final puja is performed in the wee hours next morning.

– Harsh Golani