We are all aware of the custom American wedding traditions – tossing the bouquet, something borrowed and something blue, exchanging of the rings and lighting a unity candle. But how many of you are aware of all the other amazing cultures and traditions that are happening around the world? That’s what this monthly blog is for – join us every month to dig into the spectacular wedding traditions of countries all around the world!
If you checked out our Insta you would have seen a clue for where were traveling to this month & if you guessed Bangladesh, you are CORRECT
Have you ever experience a three four or FIVE day long wedding celebration? I have friends from all different cultures and I am always so envious when they tell me about weddings they have experienced that last multiple days in a row. Like, Whaaaaaaaaaat! I want to party for 3 days straight! Anyway, Lengthened weddings are just one of the many traditions of the country of Bangladesh; not only do they last for days but they are also superrrrrrr elaborate! Keep reading to see some of MY favorite Bengali wedding traditions:
The pre engagement ritual — the bride and groom are examined by a priest to make sure they are not from the same lineage. This is known as the Adan Pradan. Once this process is complete a visit is made by the family of the bride to bless the groom before the priest and vice versa. The bride and groom take their blessings by touching their elders’ feet.
Pre-wedding rituals are known as vridhi. They take place the day before the wedding. This is when the groom and his bride offer puja to their ancestors. All members of the families attend this ritual.
The wedding traditionally takes place a the home of the bride. In the old days the bridegroom’s party had to travel great distances to the bride’s village. Naturally the barber was a necessary member of the entourage. Yes you heard that correctly, the barber! His role did not end with just grooming the bridegroom and his party. The bridegroom is supposed to wear the clothes gifted to him by the bride’s family for the ceremony.
Basar Ghar is the welcoming of the newly married couple into the bride’s home. There is a great feast with festivities. Bashi Biye reforms to a ritual the next morning when the groom places vermilion on the forehead of the bride
Vidaai is the departure of the newly-weds to the grooms house. Bou Baran is the welcoming at the groom’s house. The bride dips her feet in a plate of lac dye with milk and enters the house.
After all of the above are said and done, a reception takes place! Party Party Party. Looking at all of the photos, I am obsessing over the different outfits, and accessories the brides are wearing. I love this culture!
Phool Sajja is the last along the timeline Bengali wedding tradition – this is when the couple changes into new clothes!
Oh yeah, The nuptial bedroom is adorned with flowers. *Winks*
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