Attend Strangers’ Weddings in India II

The bride and groom stood facing the east, with a fire in the middle, fire as a god, fire as proof of the wedding ceremony. As instructed by the priest, the couple threw rice into the fire, prayed for God of Fire to bless each other, and looked forward to the marriage.

The other is a ritual in which the bride and groom circle around the fire. The bride and groom go to worship the god of fire, and the priest asks the groom to say in Sanskrit to the bride: I am as praiseworthy as the god Ramah, you are as praiseworthy as the Rigveda, you are the earth I am like the sun. We happily married, early birth of a noble son, children and grandchildren, each grow up into Jackie Chan, we also live a long and healthy life. The priests bless the sacrifice and the new, then hold their hands together, and then the bride and groom walk around the fire seven steps, known as the Seven step God. After that, the bride and groom touched their elders’ feet, that is, kneeling on the ground to touch the feet of their elders with their foreheads, or with their hands Touch the foot of the elder again touch his forehead, and accept the blessing of the elders.

The wedding ceremony consists of three parts:

The first part is to wash the (kanyadaan), bride’s parents with milk and water to wash the couple’s feet and wish them a new life.

The second part is when the bride (hastamelap), ‘s right hand is placed in the groom’s right hand, and the bridegroom and bride’s shoulders are wrapped around 24 circles of white cloth to symbolize their union. Then light a small fire in the middle of the tent, with the bride’s brother or cousin leading the bride and groom in circles around the flame (as to how many laps, different regions have their own rules). In addition, the bride and groom must hold rice, oats, leaves and so on in their hands, symbolizing wealth, health, prosperity and happiness.

Finally, the groom’s brothers sprinkle rose petals on the bride to ward off evil. After the ceremony, the bride had to feed the groom five mouthfuls of Indian candy, suggesting that it was her duty to take care of her husband and cook for the family. Then the bridegroom also feeds the bride candy, indicating that it is the husband’s responsibility to provide for his wife and the whole family. Relatives put red dots on their foreheads and sprinkled rice on them, wishing them a long and happy life.

The wedding banquet is also an important event. After the party began the climax of the wedding, because then everyone began to leave, and the bride had to take the opportunity to cry, which contained both the joy and shyness of her newlyweds and the nostalgia and unrelenting attachment to her family. From then on the bride will begin their life with her husband.

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