(Last Updated on : 13/12/2013)
The multiracial country of India has undergone a sea of changes in every sphere. The wedding celebrations are not exceptional. Weddings in modern India have changed in every way. Starting from the rituals, decorations, food up to the minute details like bridal dress and jwellery have found a new set up altogether. The modern Indian weddings have become a pompous show of celebrations and extravagance. The traditional rituals are not followed in every detail. Rather the celebration and festivity have become the prime necessities.
The wedding planners usually plan weddings in modern India and they arrange for all the glitz and requirements of the event. The weddings are usually held at some hired place like resorts, clubs, hotels and villas. The feasts are available now with several varieties. The cuisines are different, like for instance the vegetarian guests can enjoy themselves in a separate wing and the non-vegetarians in a different one. Even if it a Sikh wedding, Gujarati food or Bengali preparations may be found in a different corner. The lavish arrangements of food and drinks are worth admiring.
In the weddings of modern India, the rituals and rites are made short and precise with the inclusion of only the prime ones. The elaborate chanting of mantras and secondary rituals are often eliminated to make the ceremony interesting and comfortable for the bride and groom. The modern Indian wedding mandaps and other ritual locations are decorated in different styles and themes. Theme decoration has become thematic in these modern styled weddings. The decorations may carry themes like country, folk, tribal, regional and so on. Nowadays, colors play one of the vital roles in the decoration of a wedding set up. Usually red, white, pink, yellow, orange, green are the probable combinations seen the most.
Weddings during the British
period in India hardly included any pomp and festivity because of the suppressed races. In most cases, the Indians during the British rule lived a life of suppression and ignorance. They did not enough of finance to give their children's marriages in a pompous style. The rituals existed and feasts were arranged according to the status of the family. The marriages occurred within proper caste and community. The rural roots were often remembered on the occasion of a wedding in the family during which religious gathering requires that we go to our family Gods located in our ancestral villages, for getting the wedding or other ceremonies like thread ceremony, naming ceremony solemnized.
Wedding among the Marathas
were an event of tradition and rituals, firmly followed among their own community. Wedding among the Marathas is full of pomp and show, exhibiting magnificent grandeur. Usually, marriages among the Marathas take place during the morning time. A propitious time or muhurat is chosen, which generally at the morning time. Such a muhurat is also known as the goraj muhurta
Wedding among the Tribals
in India is an interesting affair, since it includes many strange rituals that are not known in the general community. Thus, weddings in modern India have reached the stage of imperial glamour and celebration.
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