10 customs found only in Indian weddings

1. Women can marry a tree or… a dog

In India one can marry a dog tree or even a pot. This originates from ancient Indian culture.

If a woman’s life chart has the planet Mars (Mangala), she will be called “Manglik”. Hindus believe that a Manglik woman will bring bad luck to her husband. So they will marry a tree, a dog or a pot to ward off the curse.

2. Mother-in-law washes son-in-law’s feet

In the Gujarati community, when the groom enters the bride’s house, the bride’s mother will wash her son-in-law’s feet with Madhuparka, a mixture of milk and honey. This is an ancient Indian ritual of welcoming distinguished guests to their homes.

3. Astrologers choose wedding dates

Astrology plays a quite important role in Hindu culture. Unlike Western astrology, Indian astrologers are more inclined towards karma and dharma. They will help make important decisions in life such as choosing a wedding date.

Hindu people believe that using horoscopes to choose a wedding date helps the bride and groom have a long-lasting marriage. happy.

4. Bride and groom exchanging garlands
One of the important rituals in Indian weddings is exchanging New Year wreaths made of brightly colored flowers. In the past, this symbolized acceptance of the couple’s marriage proposal. Today this is a symbol of love and respect for couples.

5. Applying red powder to the bride’s hair

The bride will have a red dye applied to her hair. This sign confirms marital status. Many Indian women continue to apply this ritual in daily life after getting married.

6. Groom gets thrown tomatoes

In Uttar Pradesh Indian tribal wedding ceremonies, the groom will be greeted with tomatoes thrown at him instead of flowers. Indians believe that if the groom can endure this unpleasant situation, he will overcome other difficulties in married life.

7. Painting Henna on the bride’s hands and feet
Henna designs are perhaps the most recognizable tradition of Indian weddings. Before the wedding the bride will decorate her feet and hands with intricate Henne drawings. Indians believe that Henne drawings help increase the wife’s ability to conceive and ward off evil spirits in the couple’s life.

8. The bride must not wear a white dress

White dresses are a popular color in most weddings around the world, but in India, white symbolizes mourning, so brides never wear white. Instead they choose bright colors, especially red.

9. Mother-in-law pinches son-in-law’s nose

In Gujarati weddings there is a funny tradition: the bride’s mother will pinch the groom’s nose to remind the new family member that he needs to be modest. with other members. And the groom will find a way to escape his mother-in-law’s friendly nose pinch.

10. The bride throws rice over her head
At the end of the wedding ceremony, brides will perform the Vidaai ceremony to say goodbye to their parents. During the Vidaai ceremony, the bride throws a handful of rice over her head and her mother standing behind has to catch it. This ritual is also a symbol of a daughter’s gratitude for the care and education her parents have given her.