Indian Wedding Traditions

Indian Wedding Traditions

Muslim Wedding Traditions In India

Generally the Muslims in India follow marriage customs that are akin to the rituals of the Middle East Muslims. These rituals are on the basis of Islamic principles. A traditional Muslim Indian wedding celebration usually lasts for three days. And before the celebration of the wedding, pre-wedding rituals take place separately at the place of both the bride and the groom.

Pre-wedding rituals

Mehendi ceremony

Mehendi ritual takes place on the eve of the wedding day at the place of the bride. Sometimes this ceremony is also observed two days prior to the wedding. At the time of this ritual, Mehendi paste is applied on the bride’s hand and feet to adorn her in a unique way.

Groom’s baraat

An Indian Islamic marriage ceremony is preceded by a wedding procession called groom’s baraat. When the groom arrives at the venue of the wedding, he shares a drink with the bride’s brother.

Nikaah or the wedding ceremony

The wedding ceremony of the Muslim is called Nikaah and it is presided by Maulvi or a priest. The priest is also referred to as Qazi.  Both the fathers of the bride and groom take active part in a Muslim wedding and they are popularly called Walises. The legal representative of the bride also plays a significant role in her nuptial.

The father of the bride presents the hands of her daughter to the groom and this ritual is called Kanyadan. In conventional Islamic marriages, men and women have separate seating arrangements.

Verses from Quran are read out in Muslim wedding. The proposal of the groom and the acceptance of the bride are called Ijab-e-Qubul or the Ijab and Qabul. Mehar is the matrimonial financial gift that is decided by the family of both the bride and groom.

Then the bride and groom are blessed by the elder members and guest of the wedding families. The groom in response gives them salutary salaam wishes. The bride gets gifts called burri in the form of garments, gold jewelry, money, etc.

The contract document of the marriage is called Nikaahnama and it signed both by the couple as well as the Walises and Maulvi.

As soon as the Nikaah is over, the newly married couple seat together amongst the separated seats of the male and female attendees. Usually the groom is first brought to the area of the women so that he can present gifts to the sister of his wife. Though they are seat together but they can see each other only through mirrors. A copy of Quran is generally placed between their assigned seats of the bride and groom. The heads of couple remain covered by a dupatta and they read Muslim prayer guided by the Maulvi.

Reception of the bride

Just after the marriage ceremony gets over, the newly wedded bride is taken to the house of her husband. She is warmly greeted by her mother-in-law who holds a copy of Quran over the head of the bride. The reception of the bride that takes place in the house of the groom is referred to as Valimah or Dawat-e-walima.

To know more about Muslim wedding traditions, you can consult with the wedding planners of your city. You can opt for the services of the best wedding planning website in India and can execute your wedding in a perfect way.

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