Indian Wedding Dress

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India is a country of diverse cultures, languages and religions. This diversity brings a distinct flavor to the Weddings styles from one part of the country to another. An Indian Wedding is a religious ceremony of traditional distinctiveness based on unique cultures. Traditions in Indian marriages differ across religion, caste, ethnicity, language, and region.  And, Mind You! It is a big event of their lives. Indian wedding is no less than a festival extravaganza that lasts for many days. Most famous Indian wedding are the Hindu wedding, Sikh wedding, and Muslim wedding each having completely distinct customs and cultural uniqueness from wedding dresses to food and post wedding celebrations.

In a traditional Hindu Wedding, bride wears a wedding dress known as “Saari” on a wedding day. Red is considered an auspicious color in Hinduism so a typical wedding “Saari” is made of red color with golden embroidery done all over it. In metropolitan cities, traditional red dress is modified according to the modern styles to create wedding “Saari” of distinctive colors like yellow, pink or maroon. On the Reception Ceremony, a post marriage celebration the next day, bride wears a colorful bridal “Lehenga Choli” that is a combination of beautifully embroidered gown and matching blouse that is usually plain in color, gracefully complementing the exuberance of “Saari.”

In a Muslim Indian Wedding, the bride predominantly wears a bright-green “Ghaagra”, a gown that is embroidered with golden pleats and a blouse. It also comes with “Dupatta”, a cloth used as a veil covering the head and face of the bride and wrapping her shoulders. Muslims brides wear a traditional yellow “Ghaagra” during their “Mehendi” ceremony inculcating a practice of decorating hands with beautiful designs made out of “Heena”, a local herb. During this ceremony, bride as well as other women and girls from both bride’s and groom’s family put “henna” designs on their hands, feet and other parts of the body. The colorful designs of henna really complement the bride’s dress and enhance her beauty to a higher level. It is the most exciting part of the wedding celebration in which all females wear beautiful dresses and celebrate.

In tradition Sikh Wedding, brides most commonly wear pink color “salvar-kameez”, a traditional Punjabi suit for the main wedding event. Due to cultural similarities of the north Indian people, both Hindu and Sikh communities have a lot in common regarding their wedding celebrations. The only difference is that a Hindu wedding is arranged by a Hindu Brahmin around the fire, whereas a Sikh marriage ceremony takes place in their holy temple known as “Gurudwara” around their holy book called “Guru Granth Sahib.” Apart from that, it is quite hard to differentiate the post-wedding celebration of the two communities as brides from both communities wear “Lehenga”, a colorful wedding gown decorated with beautiful golden pleated embroidery.

Marriage represents the difference in culture and traditions. But it is not uncommon to see people from different communities coming together in a single celebration and enjoying their time no matter what religion or region they belong. Indians know how to enjoy, so they actively take part in any wedding celebration to represent a real unity in diversity.

by Rubina Singh

Your home should have the perfect look and feel of the wedding so that it exudes rays of cheerfulness all around. One should try to keep his or her room neat and clean.

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