It’s believed that marriages are made in heaven; one would accept it as a truth looking at marriage ceremonies. Marriage is the only acceptable mean to enter in a man-women relationship to follow the duty of procreation and for spiritual growth.

Wedding celebrations look so bright and vibrant. Marriages display a wide mixture of customs supporting her ethnic and linguistic diversity. Though throughout, a lot of religious differences are seen on a lot of different levels, the institutions of marriage is considered a necessity in the following a philosophical responsibility towards the culture.

There are three main stages to celebrating marriages pre wedding rituals, wedding day ceremonies and post wedding customs. These mainly include, decorating, actual marriage rituals and making the families and the bride and groom familiar with each other. Most of the pre wedding preparations and rituals like mehendi take place at homes. There would be a specially decorated venue for the wedding day functions where the actual wedding ceremonies takes place and then the post wedding are performed at the groom’s home.

These pre wedding preparations help in a number of ways, one is to deck up the bride step by step which includes a traditional beauty routine of applying turmeric paste to the bride, to have her take bath with fragrant substances and applying hina on her hands.

Functions like these have emotional feelings. These would have all the relatives sit together and pamper the bride, have her feel the most important person in their lives.

Wedding day functions have a vast variety that observed according to the region and religion the families belong to but also there are certain common rituals practiced in most of the castes. Today the performances of these rituals are changed with time and also have got merged due to globalization.

Post marriage rituals sure play a very vital role is making the bride feel comfortable at the groom’s home, with his family. These are different games to keep the mood light hearted. Also a bride is accompanied by one of her family members for a few days at the groom’s home. This too is for helping the bride settle faster at her new home with new family.

Wedding in culture has gone through huge changes as far as the social structure is concerned. This has had a direct effect on the family patterns and life styles. Due to industrialization more and more people are moving to newer places and carry their immediate families.

Another huge set up in marriage system has resulted to love marriages. Since individuals started going away to other areas to live and work and women also getting modern and working and going out to study, there are easier chances of meeting suitable and likeable alliances and after knowing each other well, decision about getting married were taken. With more modernization happening families too did not mind mix caste marriages.

Marriage makes a change in life style and thinking of an individual. While after marriage the bride and the groom take steps together signifying nourishment, strength, prosperity, happiness, progeny and long life with harmony and understanding respectively, it also takes promises for a lot other aspects in life. Such as love and dedication where love means accepting a person a positive he/she is and dedication is sacrificing devotion with faith to enable oneself to accept the truth and remain positive with it.

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