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A Hindu Marriage Ceremony.

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A Hindu Marriage Ceremony The importance of marriage in the Hindu community is expressed in the Samskar, or ritual, of the wedding. The ceremony differs from one community to another. In India it would take place at the bride's home. In Britain a hall may be booked for the occasion. Sisters, female cousins and aunts dress the bride. The sari and jewellery will be gifts from her family. It is the Hindu costum for the parents to arrange a marriage. A priest then looks at horoscopes to find if it is a perfect match. The wedding and the feast afterwards, can last for three days. Each family has its own priest who builds a sacred fire. ...read more.

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The bride, her father and the groom make offerings of ghee and incense at the fire. Also at this time, the bride is given gold ornaments, various (saris) and other clothes which becomes her own property. If there are any gifts of money, they may be used to set up a new home for the newlyweds. The couple then stand facing each other wearing flower garlands round their necks, but separated from each other by a silk screen which is held at each end by the of the 2 families. The guests then singsongs of blessing and, at the end verse the coupler are showered with rice grains. When the screen is removed, the couple exchange flower garlands and the bride is given a necklace of black beads which she must wear throughout her husbands lifetime. ...read more.

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The Seven Steps Knotting the bride's sari into the scarf of the groom joins the couple and together they take seven steps around the fire. With each step a blessing is said: the first is for God, the others might be for strength, prosperity, happiness, children, long life, for support and for perfect union. The groom then prays that they will be of one heart and one mind in their love. They then feed each other mouthfuls of cake or sweet. A mark of a red kumkum and sandal wood paste is put on their fore heads and they are showered with petals and rice grains to wish hem happiness and peace. Sometimes the bride's brothers give her nice grains to pour into the groom's hands. It is a reminder that she will have to flourish and grow in a new home. ...read more.

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