Day 1 and Day 2 Ceremonies: On days one and two, first the bride's people and then the groom's go to the other party's house, carrying mehendi paste in a plate. The children carry candles, which are lit before entering the respective houses. Dinner is served and songs teasing both the boy and girl are sung.
Manjha Ceremony: On the third day, manjha ceremony takes place. The prospective bride is seated on a small square table and anointed with haldi (turmeric) provided by the boy's family. Following this ceremony, a married friend will accompany the bride everywhere and at all times. This friend will also spread the turmeric over the bride's whole body before she bathes. For this ceremony the bride is supposed to wear yellow clothes and no jewelry. In this ceremony too there is a lot of celebration and singing.
Mehndi Ceremony: The Mehndi ceremony is the first ritual of Muslim wedding. It is held at the home of the bride on the eve of the wedding ceremony or a couple of days before it. A relative or a mehndiwali applies mehndi on the hands and feet of the bride. The event has a festive feel to it with the women singing traditional songs. The bride wears simple clothes on the day. According to custom the bride must not step out of the house for the next few days until her marriage.
Engagement or Mangni: Does not qualify the future spouses to go out together, even if the parents consent. Man and woman become permissible for each other only after the performance of Nikaah.
Dowry: The unislamic system of demanding and accepting dowry must be avoided at all costs. Shariah does not make any expense incumbent on the bride/bride's parents. Even the marriage expenses, it is recommended to be borne by the bridegroom. However, the bride can bring whatever she wants of her free will, and it will always belong to her.
More on Muslim Wedding Rituals
More on Indian Wedding Accessories
More on Indian Religious Weddings
More on Types of Marriages
(Last Updated on : 15-12-2012)
|More Articles in Muslim Wedding Rituals (3)|