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KERALA WEDDINGS

HINDU MARRIAGE:-
As per traditional Hindu culture, Kerala wedding also starts with the exchange of horoscopes by the parents of the boy and the girl. If the horoscope matches, an auspicious date of the marriage is then finalized in consultation with the astrologers. The day before the wedding, after receiving blessings, the groom must dine with the elders of his family and relatives. The bride, too, observes the same ritual in her own house. The bride is seated facing the east, and has a traditional eleven-course vegetarian meal with her family
Day of marriage
The marriage takes place during the day. On the day of marriage and before proceeding to the venue of the wedding, the groom first visits a temple and seeks his parents' and elders' blessings.

Wedding Process
The the nuptial ceremony is performed around the "agni" (fire) now it Lamp only. The bride and the groom circle the sacred fire(Lamp) thrice, after which the bride's father ties the "Taali", which is strung on a yellow thread around the neck of the bride. Thereafter the bride's father gives her hand to the groom in a ceremony called "Kanyadaanam". After the Kanyadaanam, the groom sits in front of the bride and tilts his head backwards, to touch her forehead. After this the girl offers puffed rice to the fire to the chant of various mantras. Her palms are placed in her husband's hands
Post Wedding Ceremony
After the wedding a feast is arranged and thereafter the bride leaves for her husband's home. The vidai from the place of wedding takes place at an appointed time, according to the muhoortam( the time given by horoscope). The bride, after receiving aashirwadam or blessings of the parents and the elders present, takes her leave. "Grihapravesh" ( Entrance to new home)ceremony is performed at her new home to welcome her arrival.

Groom's House
The first event at the groom's house after marriage is called Kudiveypu or making a new home/family. At the threshold of the groom's home, aarthi of the couple with deep (lamp) is performed. While entering the house, the bride first places her right foot into it. She holds a traditional lamp in her hand while entering the house. Ganpathi pooja is now performed. The bride then boils milk in the kitchen to herald her inclusion in her new family.
KERALA MUSLIM WEDDING, OR NIKAH:-, it is commonly known, can be held anytime, as there are no beliefs about auspicious timings in Islam. The Nikah is conducted by a Maulvi (priest). The Maulvi reads selected verses from the Quran and the Nikaah is complete after the Ijab-e-Qubul (proposal and acceptance). Islam does not stipulate any religious ceremony for marriage as such. Consequently, local flavor has found their way in to marriage ceremonies. Like other communities in kerala, the elders occupy the center stage and decide the future of their issue. Rather than the compatibility factor, the financial and social standings get prominence. Once the initial discussions between two families are over, girl and boy get to meet each other. If they like each other, a particular day is fixed for the conduct of the initial process, "valayidal"- the custom of giving gold ornaments to the girl. The date for the function of engagement is arrived at through mutual consultations. On this day, some male members of the bride's family will go to the groom's house, and after reciting some parts of Koran (usually the first chapter); the boy will be given some gold ornaments or cash. At some places dowry is passed. This betrothal is a contract, not bound by any law or religious custom, and can be broken, if one wishes so.On the preceding day of the marriage, sister of the groom and some female relatives proceed to the bride's house to take part in "mailanchi"(or mehendi)- a practice of applying henna on the girl's hand as part of beautifying her. On the marriage day, the groom and his entourage will reach the place of marriage (it can be held at any place. Usually it is held at marriage halls and some use the option of marrying at mosques) at the appointed time. Brother of the girl receives him there and a bouquet and garland is offered to the groom.
Then the groom is led to the place where "nikkah"- the marriage contract- will take place. After reciting some portions from the holy Koran, by the mullah, the groom and the father of the bride are made to express the oath of acceptance. Bride's father makes the statement to the effect that he marries away the girl to the prospective husband according to the Islamic way. The bridegroom then declares his acceptance of that commitment and that he has married the woman according to the terms specified. After this the groom is led to the women's section (men and women are segregated at all the functions). Here he will tie a gold chain around the neck of the bride, assisted by his sister. After the wedding there is a big reception, given by the bride's parents to guests from both sides. After the reception bride is taken to the groom's house and later they will proceed towards the bride's house.
Post wedding, the groom's family throws a grand reception in the honor of the bride, which is known as Dawat-e- walima.
Like the Muslims else where, a Muslim marriage in Kerala is a simple contract between the boy and the girl's father. The presence of the girl is not essential for the marriage. The "nikkah" - the ritual of contract - needs to be made in the presence of two male witnesses and the services of the mullah (musaliar in local language), is needed for observing some of the Islamic guidelines. The groom needs to give a mehr (dower) to the girl's father while accepting his daughter as his wife.
Also, on the day of the wedding, two families decide the amount of Mehar that is a compulsory amount of money given by the groom's family to the bride.
Then comes a lavish dinner, after which the couple sit together for the first time. Their heads are covered by a dupatta while they read prayers under the direction of the maulvi (priest). The Quran is placed between the couple and they are allowed to see each only through mirrors.


CHRISTIAN MARRIAGE:- Many Hindu traditions and customs are followed by Kerala Churches. Among Hindus and Kerala Christians consanguineous marriages are permitted only if the partners are separated at least four generations. Both the Hindu women and the Nazarani women at the time of marriage have an amulet tied around their neck by the bridegroom. It is called "Thali" by Hindu and "Minnu" by Kerala Christians. There are many other Hindu traditions followed by Christians such as dowry system, decorations with rice flower, and forty one day observances after a death in the family.
Syrian Christians celebrate all Christian religious days. The more orthodox people maintain Lent for twenty four days prior to Christmas and fifty days prior to Easter. Those who do so, eat only vegetarian meals and refrain from consuming alcoholic beverages during Lent. Easter week is very important. There are special Church services on Palm Sunday and also every evening including Good Friday on Pesaha (Maundy Thursday) There is a special Church service with Holy Communion. Good Friday is of great significance and Church services start at nine o'clock in the morning and continue on to three o'clock in the afternoon. On Easter Sunday Church service starts at four o'clock in the morning and concludes with Holy Communion. Easter breakfast and family get together is traditional.


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