Weddings are the most important part of one’s life. It brings lot of sentiments and joy to the couple. Marriage is a beginning of new life for the couple. The bride leaves back her memories way back at her maternal house and enters into a whole new life with her new life partner. Generally, the families celebrate and declare the union of the couple with great pomp and show. Indian weddings have been known for their colorful event, which is full of various traditions and customs.
Most of the times, these traditions have some significance or other. These customs would be important for the future and well-being of the couple. This being the reason, the families just don’t compromise with the arrangements for the grand event of the life. The arrangements include invitations, hall bookings, arranging for the priests, making a list of all the events which are to be organized, etc.
The most awaited and interesting part of any wedding is shopping for the bride and groom. The same is the case of Bengali weddings. Both Bengali bride and groom keep getting new stuff throughout the ceremony, until the end. They are treated very royally, by the whole family with lots of affection and loads of love. Each and every necessary thing is taken care of by both the families to make the wedding a successful and memorable event.
Dressing a Bengali bride is simple, yet a difficult task. The Bengali bride is draped in red or crimson banarasi saree. The modern bride wears saree in red, pink, maroon etc. The head is also covered with a red veil. The saree has rich golden embroidery throughout. Modern fashion designers have designed a lot of such stuff, keeping in mind the contemporary look of the Bengali bride. The modern Bengali bride and groom also opt for combined colors themes, which really works wonder. The color red is given highest preference for the Bengali brides, be it contemporary or traditional. The color adds charm and glows to the beauty of every bride. The color red is also considered very auspicious for weddings and good luck.
The bridal attire is complimented with traditional Bengali jewelry. The forehead of the bride is embellished with beautiful patterns and a red colored singer in the center on the head at the end of the marital rituals increases the pride and charm of any Bengali bride. The Bengali bride wears beautiful mukut like a princess. The Bengali groom is neatly dressed in silk dhoti and kurta generally crème in color. The groom also covers his head with a gorgeous turban, make him look royal. Both the bride and the groom wear floral garlands, specifically white in color, which is later exchanged during the holy recital by the pandit. The ceremony is called the Mala Bodol.
The Bengali matrimony ceremony is very lavish and everyone is happy throughout the wedding. It ends with few post-wedding rituals which take place at the groom’s place. However, what matters at the end of the cultural event is the reunion of not only two souls but two families as well.