Nuptial Features Of Bengali Rituals by Big Wedding
Pre Wedding rituals:
It is an important pre marriage ritual. It is equivalent to an engagement ceremony. Elders from the bride’s family bless both the groom and the bride with gifts.
This is a Bengali equivalent of the Christian bachelor party. Family and friends in their respective homes treat both the bride and groom with their favorite food items.
Wedding Day Rituals:
One of the Bengali rituals, held to seek blessing from the ancestors of both the families.
The wedding day begins with this where women of the family member apply turmeric paste to the groom. That same paste is sent to the bride along with many gifts, where it is applied to her. Few hours before the wedding, a close relative of the bride, goes to the groom’s house to escort him to the wedding venue.
This ritual begins once the groom arrives. The bride’s mother welcomes the groom and applies sandalwood to his forehead. The women make sounds with their tongues, known as oolu. Then the groom is presented with a dhuti and shawl known as patta bastra.
The bride is brought out, sitting on a piri or wooden stool, which is lifted by her brothers. Then she is taken around the groom seven times. All this time she keeps her face covered with beetel leaves. Beetel leaves are removed once the seven rounds are completed and the couple sees each other for the first time. Garlands are exchanged three times in front of the holy fire.
The maternal or paternal uncle of the bride hands over the bride to the groom.
The couple moves round the fire seven times taking seven vows. Here the bride escorts the movement by being in front.
The wedding concludes when the groom applies vermilion to the bride’s hair parting. After these Bengali rituals they seek the blessing from the elders.
After the bidai of the bride takes place, she receives the blessings of her parents and walks off towards her new life. Here the bride throws handful of rice while getting out her own house. This marks the end of her life in her father’s house.
Post Wedding Rituals:
One of the Bengali rituals is Kaal Ratri where the couple enters the house but the couple is not allowed to sleep together.
Bou Bhaat & Bodhu Boron:
The Bou Bhaat & Bodhu Boron event is the reception where the bride meets the relatives of the groom and in return receives a lot of gifts.
At the end of Bengali rituals is the Phool Shojja. This is the night where the couple sleeps together for the first time
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