Archaic Customs and Rituals to do away with

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We have all been a part of modern-day Indian wedding ceremonies now. The bride and groom making their own vows, eco-friendly wedding gifts, and nature-inspired weddings — modern day weddings are everything but traditional. From wedding decoration, wedding invitation to wedding planning altogether, everything has taken a new route. Young couples are ready to do away with rituals and customs that they feel are weighing them down. Wedding Affair mentions some of the archaic customs and rituals that the new couples can avoid.

  1. Kanyadaan

The term is literally comprised of two words ‘Kanya’ and ‘daan’, which means the ceremony is literally about giving away the ‘Kanya’ or the maiden or the girl (like a commodity/property) as possession of somebody else from thereon.

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2. Washing Groom’s Feet

This is another ritual that is widely followed across the country. Either the bride’s father or the bride herself washes the feet of the groom once he arrives with the baraat. This ritual is illogical and highly demeaning as there is no explanation that makes sense in the current scenario to justify the ritual.

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3. Manglik Rituals

When a girl or a boy has a Manglik kundali, his/her life has to go through a few roller coasters before they finally get married. People are made to marry a peepul tree or even a dog to get rid of the Manglik dosh, which is totally ridiculous and absurd.

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4. Kashi Yatra

It is believed in many Indian cultures that a man, once at a mature age, has either of the two options. First, to go on a Kashi yatra in the perusal of more knowledge; where he gives up all the worldly pleasures for the ultimate gift of knowledge. Or the second option, to become a gruhastha, a family man, post marrying a girl. This entire choice is reflected in the ritual a groom performs during the wedding. He pretends to leave just before the wedding and the bride’s father has to convince him to adopt a grihastha life instead of going for a Kashi Yatra.

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Enough has been said about it. Why should the woman’s side of the family bear expenses and present gifts to the groom’s side when they are already giving away their daughter? Although, against the law now, many people still practise it across the country.

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