Finally! As promised, I bring to you the grandest, fun-fest of all times, an Indian wedding!!
And this one is even more special for my family because it was the last of my siblings, the 'baby sister' whose time had come to leave the nest. Part fun, part bitter-sweet, part nostalgic, nothing else can make you feel more entrenched in your culture. You are surrounded by all the elements that make up your roots: traditions, customs, deities, and not to mention three generations of your family members!
The 'Haldi snaan' (giving a turmeric scrub) before the wedding, the Kanyadaan (giving away of the bride), tying the knot, the Saat Pheras (seven vows/rounds in front of the sacred fire), and finally the bidaai (bride bidding farewell to her family), all of these customs have been part of the Hindu wedding ceremony for thousands of years.
Some I appreciate, some are simply beyond my understanding. Unfortunately, a lot of them might even fade away as the younger generation, including us, does not follow all of them. But what I do know is this: each generation, each family, will adopt, and adapt to, their own set of rituals. As my sister and brother-in-law seal their relationship, I am sure they will create their own set of rituals to live by. And that is the most important thing we can pass down to our kin.