Punjabis are the most fun loving people and the ones who believe in expressing their emotions in a different way. Like their nature, their weddings too exhibit their life philosophy. Punjabi weddings are full of colors, enjoyment, dance, loud music, and delicious food. Whether the wedding is simple or lavish, Punjabis don’t forget to enjoy and pump up the celebrations. Though Punjabi weddings have modernised, they never forget to showcase their old age traditions.
From heavy bright lehengas to noisy Baratis, Sangeet evening full of loud music & dance and warm-welcoming host, Punjabi wedding is a complete roller-coaster ride of celebrations. Let’s have a look at their traditional rituals.
Roka and Thaka
To begin with the wedding festivities, Roka and Thaka are the first among the long list of rituals. In this ritual, family of groom and bride exchange promises of start of a new family relationship along with sweets and gifts.
During this ceremony, the bride and groom exchange rings and make their relationship official. Gifts and sweets are exchanged by both families during this ceremony as well.
This is the best and most enjoyed part of every Punjabi wedding. Both the groom’s and bride’s family get together and sing some traditional folk songs along with new modern songs and dance their hearts out during this ceremony. Friends and cousins also prepare a special dance for this function on various Bollywood and folk songs.
This is another important function of any Indian Wedding. In this function, henna is applied to the hands and legs of the bride. Other family members especially ladies also apply mehndi on their hands. According to traditions, It is said that darker the henna, the more the groom loves the bride.
Chura and Kalire Ceremony
This ceremony is performed by the bride’s family. During this function, bride’s maternal uncle gifts a set 21 or 51 red and white bangles to the bride. Red bangles in Chura are a symbol of a newlywed bride. After this, bride’s sisters and friends tie beautiful Kalire to the Chura.
This ceremony is celebrated by groom’s as well as bride’s family. A mixture of gram flour and turmeric is applied to the bride and groom’s face and body.
After the Haldi ceremony, the bride accompanied by her sisters and friends, visit a nearby temple. A vessel full of holy water is then poured on her after which the bride can enter the inner sanctum of the temple and pray.
Sehra Bandi is a ceremony held at a groom’s side. Once the groom is dressed up in wedding attire, he performs a small Pooja with the priest after which the maternal uncle of the groom ties a Sehra to the groom’s turban.
This is another fun-filled moment that is enjoyed by everyone at the wedding. After Sehra Bandi, groom sits on a female horse and proceeds to meet his bride. All family members, friends, and relatives dances in front of the Groom sitting on the horse. This procession is known as the Barat.
After the Barat reaches the venue, bride’s entire family stands at the gate to welcome the groom and his relatives. Families of groom and bride meet and greet each other with love and hugs.
This is the first ritual on the wedding day. During this ceremony, the groom and bride exchange the flower garlands.
The most important and sentimental ritual of the wedding ceremony. During this ceremony, bride’s father gives away his beloved daughter to the groom and entreats him to take care of his daughter.
During this ritual, the couple take rounds around the sacred fire for seven times. After the Pheras, the groom ties the sacred thread ‘Mangalsutra’ around the bride’s neck and put Sindoor on her head.
Post Wedding Ceremony
Another fun filled ritual followed in Indian Weddings. While the bride and groom are busy with their Pheras, bride’s sisters and friends hide the groom’s shoes and ask for money or gifts to return it back.
Vidaai and Doli
After the wedding rituals, the bride bids goodbye to her maternal home and family. During this ceremony, the bride throws a handful of puffed rice and prays prosperity for her family. This is the last ritual and the extremely emotional time for the bride and her family.
Looks exciting!!!! Right. Though these rituals are full of enjoyment and fun during the wedding, it requires quite a lot of planning. Right from choosing the venue, decorations to the wedding attire, everything needs to be planned much before. And if you are planning a destination wedding then the first thing you need to search place which will be suitable for a wedding followed by stay and other arrangements.
Among so many destinations in India, Shimla is the most ideal and favoured places for Punjabi weddings. Its cool environment, and pleasant locations makes it a favorable place for many couples to tie their wedding knot. One can have a dream destination wedding in Shimla at any time of the year. There are many good hotels that offer complete services as per your requirements. Right from wedding hall to delicious food, they cater you with all.
Hotel Willow Banks is a 4-star hotel in Shimla, offering complete services for weddings in Shimla. From your Roka and Thaka ceremony to Vidai we make sure that all your wedding rituals are organized properly and all your guests enjoys the wedding ceremony and takes happy moments on their way back home. Rooms at our hotel are spacious and well furnished with all premium amenities to make yours and guests stay comfortable. Our staff is friendly and ready to help any time to make your stay relaxing and celebration full of enjoyment and fun.
If you are getting hitched soon or any one in family or friends and searching for a wedding venue, then Shimla is the perfect place for you.