10 Rib-Tickling Indian Wedding Traditions

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A celebration of love, commitment, and unity that involve various traditions, rituals, and customs to reflect the couple’s cultural background, religion, and family customs are all Indian weddings are about.

Few traditions will make you laugh out loud as the couple reflect on their new life together and prepare themselves for the challenges and joys ahead. Brace your selves, fun part ahead. 

Kashi Yatra

In the Southern part of India, there is a tradition where the groom pretends to leave for Kashi to renounce the material world and become a hermit. It is a symbolic gesture before the wedding ceremony giving the groom one last chance before he takes a leap. The bride’s family then intervenes and convinces the groom to marry their daughter and lead a householder’s life. This Hindu philosophy is symbolic of the balance between renunciation and material life.  

Fishing The Ring

Fishing the Ring wedding tradition is a fun and interactive sport for the bride and groom to symbolize their union. During the ceremony, a wedding ring is dropped in a large bowl of milk, and the bride and groom must fish it out using only one of their hands. The act symbolizes the couple’s love and commitment to each other and their future. This tradition can be a playful moment or a unique way to exchange rings. 

Joota Chupai

Joota Chupai is a popular and fun tradition in Indian weddings where the bride’s siblings and friends steal the groom’s shoes and demand a ransom for their return. This playful act symbolizes the bride’s leaving her family and starting a new life with her husband. The groom must pay a ransom or perform a task to retrieve his shoes, which can range from singing and dancing to solving riddles or completing a scavenger hunt. This tradition adds a lighthearted and entertaining element to the wedding celebration and is a fun way for the bride’s family and friends to show their love and support. Joota Chupai is widely practiced in many regions of India, but may vary in its execution and may not be a part of all Indian weddings.

Talambralu

Talambralu is a traditional custom in South Indian weddings, where the bride’s parents shower the couple with uncooked rice, symbolizing blessings and good fortune. This act signifies the start of the couple’s new life together and is believed to bring prosperity, fertility, and good luck. The rice is usually mixed with turmeric and vermilion powder, adding an extra touch of color and symbolism.

Ponkhnu

Ponkhnu is a Gujarati wedding tradition where the groom is welcomed by the bride’s mother with aarthi from the wedding mandap. She then feeds him, sweets, blesses him and then pulls his nose as a reminder to be a humble husband to her daughter. It’s quite a playful tradition, isn’t it?

Twist The Groom’s Ears

Twisting the groom’s ears is a traditional ritual in Maharashtrian weddings, where the groom’s ears are gently tugged by his married sisters or female cousins as a playful and affectionate gesture. The ear-tugging ritual is usually performed during the wedding ceremony or reception and is a lighthearted moment that adds a touch of humor and fun to the proceedings.

Kaala Ratri

Kaala Ratri is a tradition in some Hindu weddings, where the bride and groom spend the first night after their wedding ceremony apart, in separate rooms. This ritual is believed to bring good luck and blessings to the couple and is considered to be an important part of the wedding celebrations. The night then is filled with all games and fun where the family and friends tease the newlyweds.  

Saanth In Sindhi Wedding

Saanth is a traditional ritual in Sindhi weddings, where the bride’s maternal uncle applies a mixture of turmeric, sandalwood, and other auspicious ingredients to the bride’s forehead, arms, and feet. The bride’s maternal uncle is considered to be a significant figure in the bride’s life and is responsible for ensuring that the bride is well taken care of on her special day; to signify that the groom is ridden off his past life, the custom ensures tearing away of grooms clothes.  

Coorgi Wedding

Did you know that Coorgi weddings do not have a priest to solemnize the wedding? That’s right. Instead, they offer prayers to their ancestors and take blessings from the elders in what is an intimate and fun-filled wedding. 

Kaleerein

Kaleerein is a traditional ritual in Punjabi and North Indian weddings, where the bride’s hands are adorned with delicate and ornate silver or gold bracelets, known as Kaleerein. These bracelets symbolize the bride’s new status as a married woman and are considered to be a good luck charm, bringing blessings and protection to the bride. The Kaleerein are usually tied to the bride’s wrists by her maternal uncle, and the ceremony is considered to be a significant and emotional moment for the bride and her family. After the wedding the bride brushes off her kaleera on her bridesmaid’s heads. Its believed whoever gets a a part of the kaleera will be the next to get married. 

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