A Celebration of Colour: Unveiling the Traditions of a Gujarati Wedding

The Gujarati wedding ceremonies are full of life, happiness and love for tradition which honours the culture in its own vibrant way. Every aspect of a Gujarati wedding, from pre-wedding rituals to post-wedding events, is steeped with customs and symbols. This blog aims to take you through the rich traditions and vivid customs that mark every Gujarati marriage right from the engagement ceremony to the grand finale on the wedding day.

The Engagement Ceremony (Sagai):

The journey of a Gujarati wedding starts with an engagement ceremony called Sagai or Gol Dhana. The groom’s family officially proposes marriage while visiting the bride’s home during this ritual. The bride’s family receives them warmly by offering sweets and gifts as an indication of acceptance. At the ceremony, rings are exchanged between her and the groom as it symbolizes their commitment to each other.

The Pre-Wedding Rituals:

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a. Mehendi:

Brides’ hands are stained elaborately in different patterns by henna artists during the Mehendi ceremony, which is marked with different hues as dancers sing along with drummers’ beats.

b. Garba and Sangeet:

Garba and Sangeet are the most lively pre-wedding events, filled with music, dance, and laughter. It is a traditional Gujarati dance performed in a circle, while Sangeet entails the singing of traditional folk songs as well as Bollywood tunes. Both functions bring together various family members in both families for an evening of celebration and bonding.

The Wedding Day:

a. Mandap Mahurat:

There is a Mandap Mahurat in the marriage ceremony where priests sanctify the place of marriage by performing a puja that should result in a successful marriage. The mandap is adorned with bright flowers and traditional motifs depicting prosperity and joy.

b. Jaimala (Exchange of Garlands):

In this ceremony, the bride and groom exchange flower garlands as an expression of their acceptance of each other as life partners. Numerous friends and family members often celebrate this moment with cheers, thereby giving their best wishes to the couple.

c. Pheras (Seven Vows):

Pheras are one of the holiest parts of any Gujarati wedding where seven rounds are taken around a holy fire by the bridegroom making seven vows over it. Such vows include those like eternal adoration and everlasting love which show a lifelong commitment between two people who got married to each other. Pheras signifies when two souls come together in matrimony; and thus begin their journey as husband and wife.

d. Sindoor Daan and Mangal Pheras:

 In the Sindoor Daan ceremony, the groom applies the sindoor (vermilion) to the bride’s hair, symbolizing her as a married woman. Further to that, during Mangal Pheras, the couple goes around the holy fire four times, and in this case, the bride leads the first three rounds while the groom leads the fourth round only. This means that each phera signifies different aspects of marriage, which include abundance, happiness, and fertility.

e. KanyaDaan and Vidai:

KanyaDaan is when the bride’s father gives away his daughter to her husband, signifying a transition from one home to another. This is followed by Vidai, where she says goodbye to her family, beginning her new life with him. It is such an emotional moment, characterized by tears and blessings, as a woman embarks on married life.

Post-Wedding Ceremonies:

a. Griha Pravesh:

Griha Pravesh marks the entry of the bride into her new home. On entering, knock over a vessel of rice that denotes wealth development, prosperity, and good health ahead for them all. She is then greeted by her new family and presented with gifts and blessings.

b. Reception:

Friends, relatives, and well-wishers all come together in a grand reception to congratulate them at once for the successful culmination of their married lives. The reception is a lavish affair with music, dancing, and sumptuous food, creating memories that will last a lifetime.

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Being just 1 km away from Vadodara Junction Railway Station, we are one of the best banquet halls in Vadodara. Strategically situated at the gateway to the city of Vadodara, the Lemon Tree Hotel in Vadodara is near Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda, the Vadodara Stock Exchange, and Sayaji Baug. It is also very close to Vadodara Central State Transport Bus Depot, India’s first international standard bus terminal, offering connectivity all over Gujarat and neighboring cities like Mumbai and tourist attractions such as the Statue of Unity (approximately . 98 m).

Lemon Tree cordially welcomes you to share in this happy occasion and witness directly the magnificence and beauty of it. Every second of the wedding is full of love, laughter, and treasured memories, from the vibrant pre-wedding customs to the revered wedding ceremony and happy post-wedding festivities.

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