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You’ll Be Surprised At What These Common Hindu Wedding Customs Really Mean

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A Hindu wedding is replete with customs and rituals. There’s the mehendi, the haldi, the pheras and these are the big ones! There are plenty of other smaller rituals as well.ย  But, how much do we know about what these common customs that make a wedding, a wedding, mean? Like, WHY must a bride put mehendi? Or, what is the significance of the saat pheras?ย  Let’s take a look at some of these:

  1. Mehendi
    The elaborate henna designs painted on a bride’s hands and feet aren’t only for aesthetic purposes. Henna has a cooling and calming effect. We all know that weddings can be damn stressful. For this reason, a couple of days before the bride is to be wedded, mehendi is applied so that it can help her de-stress and enjoy the celebration.

2. Haldi
Haldi is known for its medicinal properties. We all know that the ubtan applied on the bride’s face and body makes her skin glow. But, this yellow coloured concoction is also considered to be a part of the blessing offerings that attract happiness and longevity for the relationship. In fact, the colour yellow in general is said to be a symbol of happiness. This is why many people now urge their guests to wear yellow at the mehendi / haldi function.

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3. Mangalsutraย 
Now, this is where things begin to get umm… sexist. The mangalsutra, which is a necklace made of black beads and gold (and allegedly, some saffron in there somewhere), is supposed to be worn by a married woman all her life, and is a symbol of her marital status. But, there’s more here… the necklace has three knots where the pendant would be. These three knots symbolise three things – obedience toward the husband, commitment toward his parents, and respect to God. Yep, that’s correct.

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The 7 Sacred Vows Of Marriage Declares The Lovers As Man & Wife For Lifeโค๏ธ Hereโ€™s What The 7 Pheras Mean For Both The Groom & Bride – โ€ข โ€ข โ€ข โ€ข 1st vow- Groom- You will offer me food and be helpful in every way. I will cherish you and provide welfare and happiness for you and our children Bride- I am responsible for the home and all household, food and finance responsibilities โ€ข 2nd Vow- Groom- Together we will protect our house and children Bride- I will be by your side as your courage and strength. I will rejoice in your happiness. In return, you will love me solely โ€ข 3rd Vow- Groom- May we grow wealthy and prosperous and strive for the education of our children and may our children live long. Bride- I will love you solely for the rest of my life, as you are my husband. Every other man in my life will be secondary. I vow to remain chaste. โ€ข 4th Vow- Groom- You have brought sacredness into my life, and have completed me. May we be blessed with noble and obedient children. Bride-I will shower you with joy, from head to toe. I will strive to please you in every way I can. โ€ข 5th Vow- Groom- You are my best friend, and staunchest well-wisher. You have come into my life, enriching it. God bless you. Bride- I promise to love and cherish you for as long as I live. Your happiness is my happiness, and your sorrow is my sorrow. I will trust and honor you, and will strive to fulfill all your wishes. โ€ข 6th Vow- Groom- Now that you have taken six steps with me, you have filled my heart with immense happiness. Will you do the kindness of filling my heart with happiness like this for all times? Bride- I will always be by your side โ€ข 7th Vow- Groom- We are now husband and wife, and are one. You are mine and I am yours for eternity. Bride- As God is witness, I am now your wife. We will love, honor and cherish each other forever. #wedding #thebigfatindianwedding #bride #groom #love #lovestory #indianwedding #dulha #dulhan #bbtrends #bbweddings #bbweddingtrends #bandbaajaa #weddingphotography #traditions #customs #weddingtraditional #saatpheras #saatphere #phere #pheras

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4.ย Saat pherasย 

The saat pheras signify the seven vows that a married couple takes, with fire as the supreme witness (agni ko sakshi maan kar and all that…). Although traditionally, these vows are pretty sexist, things are changing now. People are writing their own seven vows, and even some of the pundits who carry out the ritual are making room for gender equality.

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5. Kanyadaanย 

Now, this one is pretty self-explanatory. In Hindu weddings, parents of the bride donate her to the groom and his family. Kanya = Daughter, Daan = Donate. Yep, you are the paraya dhan that is finally given away on the day of the wedding… Have fun with that one!

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