Asian Wedding Traditions

Asia is the largest continent. Having its own traditions and values. Continent Asia is famous for its oldest cultures around the globe ( i.e. Asian Wedding Traditions ). Asia consist of many countries, in which some countries are rich and well known in their traditions:

Famous Traditional Countries

  • Pakistan
  • India
  • China
  • Saudi Arabia
Bride and Groom Sitting on the Edge of a Lake
Wedding is a holy relationship

These countries have roots that goes way back in time, their traditions are the oldest traditions of mankind history and their Traditions are one of the richest and ancients in the world. Wedding is the establishment of a relation between a man or a woman. It is also an alliance between two families.

In Islam Nikkah is the most sacred ceremony on which two souls or two person bound in a relation.

TYPES OF MARRIAGE

  • Arrange marriage
  • Love marriage
  • Semi-arrange marriage
  • Traditional marriage
  • Contact marriage

PAKISTANI ASIAN WEDDING TRADITIONS

PAKISTANI wedding mostly consist of following functions,

  • Mayoun
  • Mehandi
  • Barat
  • Waleema

Pakistani weddings are the most elaborate affairs. And Nikkah is the main ceremony in Pakistani wedding. In Nikkah man and woman bound in the most sacred relation on earth. The most popular Nikkah dressing in Pakistan is. ” Shrara kurta”. Pakistani dressing refers to ethic clothing. Moreover wedding is a life changing event its a wonderful bliss itself Asian wedding traditions having similar significance to wedding day.

Events of Pakistani Wedding

Mayoun

Mayoun is the first day of Pakistani wedding. Families of bride and groom wear white dress on this event

Mehndi

Mehndi is the second day of Pakistani wedding and is the most important event of wedding. it includes dancing and singing matrimonial songs. The bride wear the dress on mehndi sent from grooms family mostly ” Lehanga ” in bright colors like green yellow orange and golden is brought for this special day.

It is known as “Rasm e Hinna” . On mehndi beautiful motifs are drawn on bride’s hand also on hands of other girls of the family.

Baraat

Baraat is the most auspicious day in PAKISTANI wedding. Nikkah carried out in the presence of “QAZI” two witnesses friends and relative. Marriage portion called “Haq Mehar” is also agreed upon by the elders of both families which binds the groom to pay her bride.

Dressings

Usually bride wears red dress with different combinations called ” lehanga” on barat bride also wear gorgeous jewelry decorate with beads and pearls. While groom wear ” Shairwani” with a special traditional turban called ” Qullah”. The Holy Quran is held over the head of newly married bride at the time of valediction as she is start her new life with her husband and his family.

Waleema

Waleema is the fourth day of Pakistani wedding in which groom gives a party or reception to friends family and relative. It is the last ceremony of marriage in ISLAM. In this ceremony groom invites people for extensive meal after Nikkah

Dressings

Bride usually wear mouf colors on reception like skin grey baby pink . She wear a long gown decorated with pearls or long maxi / long tail maxi. While groom mostly like to wear three peace (paint coat) on Waleema. Waleema also considered as a dress code function.

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WEDDING TRADITIONS OF INDIA

Indian weddings are also full of color and true reflection of their Traditions their wedding lasted for week their main functions are

  • Sangeet
  • Mehandi
  • Haaldi cermony
  • Mandap
  • Laja homa
  • Mangalsutra
  • Saptapadi
  • Colurs
  • Reception

Mahurta

They select an auspicious time for wedding by using bride and groom’s date of births called “KUNDLI”  after calculating the position of planets and stars to reflect the Castilian union of the couple.

Sangeet Party

Sangeet Party is a pre-wedding ceremony called sangeet in this function whole family of bride and groom dance sing and enjoy together. They also give performance

Mehndi Ceremony

Mehndi ceremony in Indian weddings is as same as in PAKISTANI wedding

Basic wedding ceremonies

Mandap

Mandap is a temporary small structure of made for wedding purpose in which fire place known as ” kindle” this is also one of their sacred tradition. It is covered by fairy pillars which are beautifully decorated with flowers. In Hinduism wedding is a sacred relation between two souls not a contract between two families.

In this sacred ceremony fire is kept as witness. The bride’s brother give three fistfuls of puffed rice to the bride as a pray or wish for his sister’s good luck or happiness. This offering is known as “HAMMAN”.

Then bride and groom exchange Their garland of flowers this is the symbol of their happiness and their wish to marry each other. In simple words exchanging of garland is the symbol of their wish for wedding

Kanyadan

Kanyadan is the blessing of a father for her daughter. In this ceremony father of the bride gives her hand to the groom as the symbol of giving permission to spend his whole life with her. The water put by bride’s father flow down from her hand to groom’s hand. This ceremony is a symbol of fathers love and affection for her Daughter

Saptapadi

Saptapadi is ceremony in which garments of bride and groom tie together and they complete 7 round around the fire. It is also known as “phairay” in which each round is the significance of blessing From their Gods. It is the symbol of establishment of friendship

Sindhur

Sindhur is a red powder and applied to hairs of bride symbolize her new status of married. It is also the sign of ” Suhagan” in Hinduism.

Mangalsutra

Mangalsutra is a locket that Groom place a necklace made of black and golden beads on bride’s neck. In Hinduism it is the gift of goddess., Of wealth Prosperity and good fortune by LAKSHMI. In Indian wedding red color wear by bride at the second day of wedding is related to rising of sun it is symbolize as fertility or happiness.

CHINESE ASIAN WEDDING TRADITIONS

In Chinese wedding red color is also the symbol of happiness good fortune. The Bride wear red dress and covers her face with a veil. In a formal Chinese proposal groom’s family present some gifts and sweets to fix engagement while bride’s family give a dowry list to groom’s family.

In Chinese tea ceremony both families perform hairdressing and wear traditional dress and meet each other. While way of groom is blocked by bride’s maids  after the tea party both bride and groom receive a lucky red envelope called ” lai see” from their families.

Traditional bride’s wedding dress

Qipao

Qipao is a traditional Red dress in which bride’s Face cover with the veil. While in modern wedding now bride wear white long gown.

Post wedding ceremonies

The bride prepare breakfast for both families it is basically a step to introduce herself with the groom’s family. She will receive small gifts from groom’s family. Is tradition is symbol of love of Bride for The groom’s family. On wedding. Night room of newly wed bride is decorated with dragon and phoenix candle.

Both bride and groom drink wine in cups tied strongly with red cloth.the phoenix candle on newly Wed couple’s room is the symbol of prosperity dedication for future family.

SAUDI ARABIA ASIAN WEDDING TRADITIONS

Saudi wedding traditions of wedding rooted deep in Islamic teachings and Arab customs. In Saudi Arabia wedding traditions there is no Concept of ring ceremony as wearing ring has mo basis in Islam. But it can’t be said that it is unlawful in Islam. Each ceremony is celebrated separately

Ceremonies of Saudi Arabia Weddings

  1. Shawfa
  2. Milkah/ nikka
  3. Khatub/ Makhuti
  4. Ghumra or haflta al hinna
  5. Barat or hiflat al zaffaf

Shawfa

This word means seeing each other. In this ceremony families of Bride and groom meet each other. This could be called a pre-wedding meeting. Once a girl and a boy see each other they tells their parents about their satisfaction. While most religious or rigid families do not follow this tradition.

Nikkah

In this ceremony fathers of both bride and groom along with two witness signature on the marriage contract. If both bride and groom are agree to enter in this sacred relationship of husband and wife. The Mimlik or Qazi recite few verses from the Holy Quran and prays for the lasting of their relationship and also for their happy life journey.

Khatub or Makhuti

In this event families decides dates for all wedding ceremonies and then they make a announcement for wedding preparations.

Ghumra

Like Pakistani asian wedding tradition it is also a small traditional party of ladies( family and friends) in which beautiful Mehndi designs on Bride’s hand

Wrist and feet

Usually professional Hinna Artist are invited on this ceremony not only bride but also other ladies of family fill their hand with beautiful designs

Hifat Al Zaffaf

In Saudi Arabia wedding functions, celebrate separately. Men’s party is celebrated before the wedding day in men’s party traditional sward dance is performed including grand dinner. On wedding day all women are gathered to celebrate but all women cover this faces with a piece of cloth called veil. Groom have a photo-session with his bride.

Wedding of Saudi Arabia are the reservoir of their golden traditions. With a lot of pleasure, prayers, happiness blessings celebrations  and joy  the wonderful event of wedding come to end.

TRUE MEANING OF WEDDING

Is the understanding of that long lasting interpersonal relationship of a husband and wife. The feeling of this sacred relation in which they became soulmates of each other. It is a legal social formal or religious. Union not only between two people but also between two families.

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