Indian wedding traditions are as diverse and colorful as Indian culture. The wedding traditions reflect Indian cultures and values. The Indian wedding traditions include elaborate rituals that take place for a few days. We can also see both pre marriage and post marriage rituals in Indian wedding traditions. The wedding traditions vary greatly from one province to another depicting the culture of that place. India is a secular country where people with different religious backgrounds reside. The Indian wedding traditions vary according to the religions also.
The Indian wedding traditions not only include serious and boring rituals but fun filled activities that the bride and the grooms enjoy along with their family members. The Indian wedding traditions are meant to make the wedding environment more enjoyable. The wedding traditions also enable the newly married couples come close to each other. The tradition and culture of the Indian wedding varies according to castes and communities.
The dressing of the bride and groom also vary according to the customs and traditions. According to Punjabi wedding tradition, the bride wears a Chuda, a set of red and ivory bangles. This is a good omen for the newly married bride. Kaleeres is also worn by the brides. Sindoor is another good omen and a symbol for married Hindu women. Another fun filled Indian wedding tradition seen in all communities is the `Shagun`. The groom`s sister asks for money from her brother.
Hindu wedding traditions: Apart from wearing `Sindoor`, the brides wear bangles and `mangalsutra` as a symbol of their marriage. It is also believed that these symbols are also meant for good health of her husband.
Christian wedding tradition: According to Christian wedding traditions, wedding ceremony takes place in the church in front of the Almighty. The Mass Ceremony and Ring ceremony are the typical wedding traditions. Singing of choir is also a part of Christian wedding tradition.
Muslim wedding traditions: The Muslims also have an elaborate weddings rituals and ceremonies. Al-Nikah is the most important ritual of the Muslim wedding tradition where the bride and the groom mutually agree to get married to each other. The groom gives Mahr or gift to the bride. It is a token of commitment of the groom. The Mahr can be cash, property or any other gifts.