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Tuesday, August 6, 2013
14 Interesting Indian Wedding Beliefs and Superstitions
In Indian tradition, wedding is considered to be a very auspicious occasion. Therefore, in order to prevent the negative impinges on marriage festivities, and to minimize the harmful effects of the ‘evil eye’ on the bride and the groom, all possible measures are taken. Although, these beliefs may sound extremely conservative to a progressive and modern family, but still these superstitions are prevalent even in several educated families. Let’s have a look at some of these interesting Indian wedding beliefs and superstitions.
1. Bride Carries Knife after Engagement
The time period from engagement to marriage, brides are asked to carry a knife or some other sharp metallic object all time. It is believed that it will protect the bride from ‘evil spirits’, and protect her virtue from the world.
2. The Colour of Mehendi of Bride
Application of mehendi on the feet and hands of bride, one night before the wedding ceremony is a tradition. However, several superstitions surround this tradition. The darker the bride’s henna colour appears, the stronger her marriage will be. Another superstition is that, if the mehendi lasts longer on the hands of the bride than her groom, she will get a lot of love at her in-laws’ place.
3. Rain on the Wedding Day
How would you feel if your wedding day is damp by a downpour? Most of you will certainly hate it! However, it is considered sacred in some cultures. Rain on the wedding day is believed to be a sign of fertility and wealth.
4. Control Your Creative Instincts
Making own wedding outfit is thought to be unlucky for the to-be-bride.
5. Throwing Rice at the Bride and Groom
Several cultures around the world practice this tradition. People shower their wishes and blessings with rice on the bride and groom. It’s a symbol of fertility and abundance. In some cultures, it is believed that this practice protects the newly wedded couples from evil spirits.
6. Tossing the Bouquet
After the reception, before leaving with her husband, the bride throws the bouquet over her shoulder, towards her unmarried female relatives and friends. It is said that the one who catches it will be the next to get married.
7. Spill the Milk
Spilling of boiling milk during, before, or after the wedding is consider to be a bad omen. It is taken as a signal of some pending misfortune. Therefore, during wedding, family members must observe precautions while boiling milk.
8. Let the ‘Kaleerein’ Fall
In northern India, friends and family members tie kaleerein (golden and red ornament) on the bride’s ‘chuda’. The bride moves her hand on the unmarried girls’ head. It is believed that the girl on whose head kaleerein falls will marry next.
9. Send Lentil Balls to the Groom’s House
In several parts of India, bride-to-be along with 7 other married women prepare small ‘chana dal’ (lentil) balls, a week before the wedding. These balls are sent to the house of the groom. It’s a sign to ensure that the kitchen will always remain filled with food at all times.
10. Bad and Good Sights
If you spot a rainbow or black cat on the day of your wedding, it’s a good omen. But, if you see a pig, lizard, or an open grave, it is considered a bad luck.
11. Do not Light Candles
Sputtering of lit candles during a wedding is believed to be a bad sign. It indicates the presence of an evil spirit nearby.
12. Crossing the Threshold
The bride is considered to be unlucky if she enters the new house with her left foot first.
13. Be Careful while Picking Silver Dishes
After entering to the new home, the bride picks up 7 silver dishes from the floor. It is said that there will be a great number of fights between the couple if the silver dishes makes more noise during picking.
14. Other Beliefs and Superstitions
There are several other beliefs and superstitions associated with Indian wedding ceremonies. These are listed below:
It brings good luck for the borrower of the wedding dress, but brings bad omen for the lender.
Your married life will be filed with luck if there is a full moon one or two days before the wedding.
It is considered unlucky for the woman to tie the knot to a man whose surname starts with the similar letter as hers.
It brings bad luck if the bride writes her name with the groom’s surname, before the wedding.