Have you ever come across terms in an Indian wedding not knowing what they mean? Here is a mini glossary that will help you understand the meaning of various terms :
Aarti – A Hindu ritual of worship where a prayer is accompanied by fire from candles,camphor or a Diya ( lamp with an oil soaked wick).
Antarpaat – Piece of cloth (curtain) that separates the bride and groom at the beginning of a Hindu wedding ceremony.
Baraat – A groom’s procession
Garba – A pre-wedding ceremony where everyone gathers to perform Garba – a folk dance that originates from Gujarat.
Grahapravesh – The first time the newly wed couple enters their house
Haldi – A pre-wedding ceremony where a paste known as Ubtan containing turmeric, herbs and chandan (sandalwood) is applied on the face, arms and feet of the bride and groom in their respective homes.
Havan Kund – A vessel in which fire is lit for Puja (Prayer). A Vivaah Havan is the sacred fire around which a wedding takes place.
Kanyadaan – A ritual in which the father of the bride hands over all his rights and duties towards his daughter to her prospective Groom.
Milni – Ritual where the bride’s family welcomes the groom’s family.
Varmala / Jaimala – Wedding garlands exchanged by the Bride and Groom.
Mangalsutra – Sacred necklace that the groom ties around the bride’s neck signifying their marriage.
Sangeet – A pre-wedding ceremony originating from Punjab where everyone gathers to sing traditional folk songs.
Sindoor – Vermillion applied along the parting (Maang) of a married woman’s hair.
Vidaai – The departure of the bride from her home to her husband’s home.