Traditions I love/hate in Indian weddings

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  • Traditions I love/hate in Indian weddings

Indian Weddings are full of traditions and every cultural aspect is taken care of. Planning for an Indian wedding is a hectic job and I’ve experienced it three months back when my own big brother got married. Shopping is the main and probably one of the biggest tasks involved in an Indian wedding (only next to finding a perfect match 😉 )

I am a Muslim and weddings in Islam are simple, beautiful and lavish as well. Infact all Indian Weddings are rich with their own traditions and that’s why they are so much fun!

TRADITIONS I LOVE THE MOST IN INDIAN WEDDINGS:

Every religion, has its own customs and every religion celebrates weddings with the same happiness and joy!In hindus, i love the tradition of the seven pheras, where in every phera, the bride and groom make solemn promises to make each other’s life beautiful and splendid.

I love the tradition of hiding the groom’s shoes and literally giving them a run for their money.

The tradition of stopping the groom at the entrance is also fun!

In Muslims, simple traditions beautify a wedding . The tradition of taking gifts to the bride is the one I  like the most! Its called sanchak and the bride is showered with lots of gifts and blessings.

Sanchak wedding trays from my brother's wedding album


Mehendi ceremony is common to all weddings and the mehendi function is full of fun and its a rejoicing moment for the bride. Mehendi/sanchak Functions are rejoiced with Yellow and green colored clothes and enjoyed with dhol, singing  and lots of dance!

Few more things that i love about Indian wedding traditions:

• I love the happiness seen on every relatives face. The joy with which they come to attend the wedding is beautiful
• Good yummy food!! : Food is the soul of every party, and guests will enjoy a wedding only if there’s lip smacking delicacies to savor on! Guests may forget everything about a wedding after few days, but they’ll always remember the taste of the food 😉
Outfits and traditional costumes: Everybody is dressed up glam and all the outfits make a wedding rich, traditional and glamorous.
Getting dressed: The reason why I love attending weddings is because I get to get all decked up with pretty dresses and stunning makeup 😀

• Get together: Weddings are like a big family gathering and it’s great to catch up and have fun with relatives.
• time stretch: Indian weddings are stretched over a number of days and all the functions like mehendi, sangeet make you have full fun and give you a content feeling of a grand celebration.

TRADITIONS I Dislike IN INDIAN WEDDINGS:
Indian wedding traditions have strong reasons behind them and they are fairly justified. I don’t really dislike any traditions  because following  traditions makes ones culture strong and keeps the culture  alive.

Few of my dislikes in Indian weddings:

• Pestering Guests: Guests are treated like God in India, but sometimes uninvited guests or far off relatives really start acting nosy and spoil the wedding fun.
• Guest Accommodation: guests have to be treated as kings at your place/ anywhere they are put up, no matter how busy you are with the wedding. The worst part is the negative remarks you end up getting for no fault of yours.
• Prolonged Photo sessions: yes it is a special day that has to be captured, but photographers who embark on endless photo session journey are very irritating.
• ‘You’re next’ comments: haha!! annoying comments by relatives who start planning your wedding out of nowhere is a blood boiler after you’ve had a good time at the wedding :p
• Disregard for guests: sometimes the hosts do not pay attention and do not care for you at a wedding function. They act snobbish and do not attend you properly and this is a complete turn off. I dislike such behavior at weddings.
• Dowry: how much ever we try to justify that this doesn’t exist, it exists everywhere, but maybe by a different name( read gift)

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13 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. pinksocks
    Nov 08, 2010 @ 14:42:21

    Veryyy well compiled 😀 😀
    I shall write for it tonight!

    Reply

  2. Praditi chowdhary
    Nov 08, 2010 @ 14:47:24

    Very nice article..so true.u showed the good and evil things about marriage which most people don’t mention it,many people can’t properly express what do they hate about weddings.love the article

    Reply

  3. iBeingMe
    Nov 08, 2010 @ 16:06:44

    *awesomely* compiled and beautifully written…
    Seriously I loved the dislike part the most cause this is thing which everybody feels but no one comes out and writes about it. Surely this has encouraged me to write few experiences of mine.

    Thanks 🙂

    Reply

  4. Inky Pinky
    Nov 09, 2010 @ 11:25:18

    Nice post…I’ve too endured those “you’re next” many times in my siblings weddings and finally I succumbed 😛

    Check out my entry here
    http://huesofpink.blogspot.com/2010/11/my-wedding-shopping-spree.html

    Reply

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  6. Tanvi
    Nov 11, 2010 @ 21:11:50

    So brilliantly put together. “you are next” tops the list as my dislike goes…And mehendi is my fav!

    Reply

  7. ladynimue
    Nov 13, 2010 @ 22:22:29

    Loved knowing a bit about Muslim wedding ! And rest, you are true.. Indian weddings have almost similar good and not so good moments 🙂

    Good post !

    Reply

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