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Uttar Pradesh is famous for its dense population. In Uttar Pradesh, the wedding rituals are more. As the religious ceremonies are given more importance, the long rituals are held. In the occasion, prayers are offered to their native gods and elders have an important role to play. Wedding in Uttar Pradesh is conducted in a grandeur manner. They offer the only Vegetarian feast to the guests. As other Indian Weddings, Uttar Pradesh wedding also has pre-wedding, wedding and post-wedding rituals. Let us have look at the amazing wedding and rituals of Uttar Pradesh.

Pre-Marriage Ceremony


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Roka: This ceremony officially announces the commitment of a boy and a girl. It is decided in the ceremony that the girl and the boy are engaged and will marry each, not anyone else. Both the families gather for the first time and exchange sweet, gifts etc. Pooja is observed by the priest on this occasion. Roka ceremony is mostly observed in the bride house.

Mangni: This is the formal engagement where the acceptance of both the families, boy, and girl are confirmed. In this occasion, Marriage Rings are exchanged.

Chunri Chadan: The In-laws of the Groom come to bride home with the Thaal of Shagun a few days before the marriage. The red colored Chunri is put on the bride’s head and the red bangles are inserted in the bride’s hand.


Sangeet:

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This is really an enjoying festival conducted a day before the marriage. The marriage songs are sung, dances are performed. Sweet and savories are distributed to the kith and kin.

Mehandi: This ritual is otherwise called as gracing the bride. The Mehandi function is celebrated on the same day of Sangeet. Mehandi is drawn on the hands and feet of the bride and her relatives. Mostly groom’s face, initial is drawn. This is an important ritual.

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After the Pre-wedding ceremonies, the most important WEDDING RITUALS are started.

Chuda Ceremony: In the early morning hours of the marriage day, the to-be-in-laws gift a red saree to the bride. The attire should be worn in the marriage evening by the bride. After the pooja and prayers, the bride wears the red saree, seeks blessings from the God and elders.

Sehrabandi & Ghodi Chadna: Barat (Marriage Procession) starts in the evening time from the Groom side and goes towards the home of the bride. During the Barat Groom rides on the Ghodi, his relatives sing songs, dance until they reach the bride’s home.

Milni Ceremony: The Groom and relatives are invited by the Bride’s elders at the wedding venue. Rose petals are showered; perfume is sprayed on their family members. Elders are invited first and finally, the youngsters are received.

Varmala and Phera Ceremony:

Once the Barat reaches the Bride’s house, Groom and his family are welcomed. Then the Groom is taken to the stage. Both Groom and bride exchange the special garlands. This ritual is called Varmala Ceremony. After this, the groom and bride are taken to the Marriage hall. They sit in front of the Fire. Both of them do rounds around the fire, a small pyre. The pyre signifies that the girl and boy have become husband and wife.

Post-Marriage Ceremony

After the wedding, the bride departs from her house is called “Vidai”. This emotional moment makes everyone, especially bride, her parents, siblings to hug and cry. As the bride about to leave her residence permanently, they could not control their emotions. When the new couple reaches groom’s home, they are welcomed. Soon after worshiping the groom’s home deity, the bride places her feet on the ground of her husband’s home. After 4 days, the new couple visits the bride’s place. After 2-3 days the new couple leaves the place and returns to her husband’s house.


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