Gujarati Weddings are known for their vibrant colors, fun-filled atmosphere, and interesting traditions. If you are lucky enough to be invited to one, you are in for a treat!
One of the most striking aspects of attending a Gujarati wedding is the beautiful traditional clothing. For the groom, dandiya, which is heavy embroidered work and has traditional motifs, is worn as a kurta and pajama, while the bride wears a ghagra choli combination of a pastel lehenga, a heavily embroidered and embellished blouse and a chunni.
Gujarati weddings are steeped in rituals and traditions. Some of these include:
- Pithi- The pre-wedding ceremony where a paste made of walnut, turmeric, and sandalwood is applied to the bride and groom to purify and brighten their skin.
- Ganesh Puja – This auspicious ritual starts off the wedding festivities, as guests and family members gather together to seek Lord Ganesha’s blessing for a happy union.
- Sangeet- A Sangeet ceremony is held in which the family and the friends of the bride and groom come together to sing, dance, and have fun.
- Jaimala- This is the central ritual of a wedding where the bride and groom exchange garlands.
- Kanyadaan- The bride’s father puts her hand in the groom’s hands in a gesture symbolizing his daughter’s love and commitment that’s she’s promising to the groom.
No Gujarati wedding is complete without delicious food! Gujarati cuisine offers a wide array of snacks, from fried snacks such as bhajia, fafda, khandvi to an array of sweets like shrikhand and mohanthaal. Served on a traditional thali, there is no shortage of scrumptious dishes to choose from.
The Grand Celebration
Gujarati weddings are celebrated with great zeal and enthusiasm. From beautifully decorated venues to emotional display of affection, Gujarati weddings are a spectacle to behold. From young to old, everyone is out there to have a good time and celebrate the union of two families.
If you have the opportunity to attend a Gujarati wedding, make sure you take it! Not only will you get to experience the colors, music, and delicious food, you’ll learn about the culture, traditions, and history of Gujarat.