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How To Be Wed Properly In The Punjabi Tradition

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How To Be Wed Properly In The Punjabi Tradition From the time they are little, girls dream about one day being a bride. Regardless of the culture girls are excited about dressing up, and looking beautiful for their handsome "Prince Charming". This is certainly true for girls in the Punjabi culture. In the East-Indian Tradition there is a special sequence of ceremonial events. First, in modern times the couple announces their engagement. Everyone is delighted and a party takes place. At the engagement party, the bride's parents give the groom's parents a Shagan, a gift of money. During the ceremonial party the families exchange other gifts. ...read more.


After the engagement, the second event of importance is the Shri Akhand Path. This is a marathon of prayer in which the Guru Granth Sahib, the holy book, is read continuously for a period of forty-eight hours to ensure that this is a sacred union. This ceremony takes place a few days before the wedding, in the homes of both the bride and the groom. Two rituals involving the ladies follow soon after the solemn prayer ceremony. First, is the Sangeet, a party where the close family of the bride will enjoy gaana, bajaana, khaana, and peena (singing, dancing, eating, and drinking!). ...read more.


The next morning the bride arises to a ceremonial dressing. She will wear a beautifully decorated red Lenga, and on her arms will be the symbolic ivory bangles given to her by her family. Over her eyebrows are carefully applied red and white dots of dye, which enhance her beauty. Between her eyebrows is a jewel-like Bindi, complemented by an ornamental gold chain going up through her hair. The veil that covers her face is covered with jewels, and is extremely heavy, but it is amazingly gorgeous. The Bride has now gone through all the special steps in becoming a traditional Punjabi Bride. This sequence, as old as the culture, is important to the bride, and her family, as she goes on to meet her destiny, and begin a happy new life. ...read more.

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