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Indian weddings are lavish celebrations, with a number of rituals that are considered essential to tying the knot. Every aspect of the Indian wedding is larger than life, and a huge investment of time and effort goes into picking out a luxurious wedding venue, gorgeous wedding outfits and of course, food!
Indian food is practically a form of worship in itself!
Delectable dishes are an important part of any wedding (not just in India), but it’s quite possible that the country’s obsession with food is unique. Food plays a huge role in Indian culture, both traditionally and in modern times, while some interesting traditions revolve around food at Indian weddings.
What’s Special about the Role of Food at Indian Weddings?
Like everything else about India, the weddings in different regions of the country take on a unique flavor. Some of the most common religious beliefs and cultural traditions associated with food include:
- Sweets – In every part of the country, the ‘mithai’ or sweetmeats passed around to guests are more than just yummy bites. They are believed to sweeten the lives of the person eating them, not just their palates. At a wedding, the bride and groom are normally fed a little piece or gifted a box of sweets by everyone present. This is the same reason why sweets are included in every religious ceremony, special occasion and celebration across India.
- Turmeric – Rather than just being a spice for cooking, turmeric is considered medicinal, spiritual and magical. A few days before the wedding, the ‘haldi’ ceremony is a fun ritual where the couple is coated with turmeric paste to cleanse and purify them, as well as ward off negative influences. This can be a lot of fun, since close family members and friends sing, dance and laugh while applying the yellow paste on the soon-to-be-wedded bride and groom!
- Rice – While rice is a very important part of the menu at any Indian wedding, its significance goes beyond mere food. Grains of rice are showered over the couple as part of a symbolic ritual, to bless them with prosperity and joy and ensure that they never go hungry. In a post-wedding ritual, a new bride has to upturn a bowl of rice at the entrance to her new home before stepping over the threshold, since it is believed that luck and prosperity will follow.
Today, the nuptial ceremonies of Indian couples normally feature a blend of traditional and contemporary ideas, but the rituals remain important, even if they seem silly to some of us!
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