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A Closer Look at a Ceremony Convention in Asia

Ceremonies are by nature a fusion of two families and their faiths. With that in mind, many Asian cultures have many beliefs and festivals surrounding the ceremony trip. Some may be common with the Mehndi Ceremony, but what about the Milni Meeting This take a closer look at some of the most popular marriage traditions in eurasia.

The Mehndi ( or Henna ) ceremony is a pre- wedding celebration where the bride and her female family members and friends get their hands decorated with intricate henna designs. This is not only a joyous occasion but it also symbolizes the strength of the relationship between the bride and her future husband.

On the day of the wedding, the wedding is frequently escorted to her groom’s home by her parental uncle and is welcomed by the male members of the groom’s household with reddish bits of funds( much like we might observe a “celebrity” make a magnificent doorway at their wedding). The groom makes his way to the mandap where he sits alongside the bride and takes seven steps, which are similar to saying their vows in a western wedding.

The tying of the knot is typically followed by the Saptapadi, where the couple promises themselves and each other that they will honor their parents, live in harmony and treat each other with respect. Then the newly married couple will leave for their honeymoon! Traditionally, the groom would escort his bride back to her parents on the third day after the wedding and honor them by paying respects to their elders. This was to thank them for raising her and to show their appreciation and respect for her.