A Complete Guide To A Sikh Wedding And Their Rituals

A Complete Guide To A Sikh Wedding And Their Rituals

Members of the Sikh community are fun-loving but have strong traditional values. A Sikh Marriage is grand, vibrant, and extravagant. The music, dance, and food add to the grandeur of the wedding celebrations.

The wedding rituals continue for 2-3 days and are a big gathering of relatives and friends. Sikhs are a globetrotting community, and several Sikh matrimonial services can help find the right life partner.

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At a Traditional Sikh Marriage/Shaadi, one can Assume These Rituals

The Roka, Chunni, Kurmai, and Maiyan ceremonies take place before the wedding ceremony. In the ‘Jago’ or the ‘Wake Up’ ceremony, the bride’s relatives and the groom sing and dance with decorated pots with diyas placed on top. In the olden times, this was a way to inform and invite everybody to a wedding. Presently, the Jago ceremony is combined with the Sangeet ceremony. Food along with music and dance continue for almost the entire night.

The Mehendi function takes place a day before the wedding. The bride and the female relatives and friends apply beautiful designs of mehndi. On the evening before the wedding the ‘Choora ceremony’ takes place. The maternal uncles of the bride put the bangles on her hands along with ‘kalire.’

On the wedding day, the bride gets dressed and reaches the gurudwara with her family and friends before the groom. The groom’s sisters drape a palla across his shoulders and tie a decorative bead string called ‘sehra’ to cover his face. After that, the baraat, including the groom, his family, and friends, also proceed for the gurudwara. This is followed by the ‘Milni’ wherein the older members of both families greet each other with garlands.

Then the ceremony of ‘Anand Karaj’ takes place. This usually takes place in mid-morning, where the bride and the groom are in front of the Guru Granth Sahib-the holy book of the Sikhs. The ritual of ‘palla rasam’ where the girl’s father would take one end of the palla of the groom and either tie it with his daughter’s attire. Four ‘Lavaan’ or marriage prayers, which are the most important part of the ceremony, are sung to signify the couple walking around Guru Granth Sahib four times. A final ardaas and then the Vidaai concludes the wedding.

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