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Indian Wedding Videography – A Festival with Culture and Ethnics
Culture is a unique aspect for many countries and in this case, India is a country that has many cultural aspects. When it comes to indian weddings, India has a surprising number of cultures in their country. As the Los Angeles Videography LLC, we are a great group with no restrictions in cultural barriers. One thing about Indian wedding ceremony is that they are known for their magnificence, glamour, rituals and the fun factor. Although there are heavily rely on their cultural and ritual aspects, they do not go slow in their colorfulness, decorations, costumes, and creativity.
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A Hindu wedding, known as Vivaha (विवाह; or Vivaaha) in Sanskrit, or Lagna (लग्न) or Kalyanam (कळ्याणम्) is the traditional wedding ceremony for Hindus. The wedding ceremonies are enrichened with entirely unique, and celebrations may extend for several days. The bride’s and groom’s home—entrance, doors, wall, floor, roof—are sometimes decorated with colors, balloons, and other decorations.
According to the South Asian wedding expert Jignasa Patel had stated that “A Hindu wedding lies somewhere between the couple’s expectations while blending their family traditions, “With many rituals and mini ceremonies leading to the main ceremony day, it binds the couple and both families for eternity.”
Planning an Indian wedding is not for the faint heart, it takes a lot of work to plan one. It involves many traditional events leading up to the wedding. Over 40 different rituals take place within the wedding ceremony. If not well prepared, it can be quite overwhelming. Hindu weddings are vibrant, intricately planned, culture-rich festivities full of celebration and tradition. While the very essence of a Hindu wedding ceremony is the physical, spiritual, and emotional union of two people; it’s also about the coming together of two families through prayer and celebration.
When it comes to Indian weddings there are several forms of marriages. Ancient Hindu literature, in for example the Asvalayana Grhyasutra and Atharvaveda or the Manu Smrti III.20-34. They highlighted eight forms of marriages. Although out of these forms four of them are mentioned as socially proper, two of them are socially acceptable and two of them are mentioned as illegal and inappropriate. They are traditionally presented, as here, in order of religious appropriateness (prashasta). They also differ very widely in social acceptability.
- Brahma marriage – This is considered as the religiously most appropriate marriage, and the most prevalent among Hindus in modern India. The father finds an educated man and proposes the marriage of that man’s daughter to his son. The groom, bride, and families freely concur with the proposal. The two families and relatives meet, the daughter is ceremonially decorated, the father gives away his daughter in betrothal, and a Vedic marriage ceremony is conducted. There is no extensive inventory of possessions involved and the girl enters the boy’s house with two sets of clothes and some ornaments as seen fit by her family. “Kanyadaan”, which is the handing of the bride by her father to the groom, is an important ritual of the Brahma Vivah.
- Daiva marriage – the father gives away his daughter along with ornaments to a priest as a sacrificial fee. This form of marriage occurred in ancient times when yajna sacrifices were prevalent. There aren’t much of a feast or celebration in these kinds of weddings, but the wedding of the daughter of a underprivileged family is held as an act of charity by wealthy people. It was customary for kings, landlords and rich merchants to facilitate rituals for social upliftment where charity would be given to all. This type of marriage may take place if the girl’s parents are unable to locate a suitable groom within a reasonable period of time after the girl has attained puberty.
- Arsha marriage – the groom gives a cow, known as the kanya-shulkam and a bull, which is the bride-price to the father of the bride and the father exchanges his daughter in marriage. The groom takes a vow to fulfill his obligations to the bride and family life (Grihasthashram). According to some contexts, the prescribed bride-price is a cow with a calf and a pair of bulls. The sacred texts provide various lists of specific communities where this custom prevailed and imply that it is unfitting in general society. However, several instances are found in the puranas of marriage between a man from mainstream societies and a woman from one of the bride-price seeking communities such as Pandu–Madri; Dasharatha–Kaikeyi and so on. In nearly all cases, the man willingly pays the bride-price and brings his bride home.
- Prajapatya: This is also similar to the Brahma-vivaah, except that the bride’s father gives her away as a gift, not to the groom, but to the groom’s father. Usually, this type of occasion is resorted when the groom and bride are both very young. Thus, the protection of the bride or daughter is handed over by her father to the groom’s father during the hand-receiving ceremony, also known as the Panigrahan. The wedding ceremony involving the young bride and groom may take place immediately afterwards, but the wedding may not be consummated for several years, until the bride and groom are old enough.
Among those eight forms there are two forms which are considered as somehow inappropriate but yet to the socially legal.
- Gandharva marriage – the couple simply live together out of love, by mutual consent, consensually consummating their relationship. The marriage is entered into without religious ceremonies and is akin to the Western concept of Common-law marriage. The Kama Sutra, and, in the Mahabharata, Rishi Kanva, the foster-father of Shakuntala, claim that this form of marriage is ideal. Examples of such Vivaah were Dushyanta–Shakuntala, Krishna–Rukmini and Arjuna–Subhadra from Mahabharata, where the marriages were performed because of the love between bride and groom, and without consents from the family members of two-sides.
- Asura marriage – the groom offers a dowry to the father of the bride and the bride; both accept the dowry out of free will, and he receives the bride in exchange. This is akin to marrying off a daughter for money, and is considered inappropriate by Hindu Smriti-writers because greed, not what is best for the woman, can corrupt the selection process. Generally, the groom is of lower social rank or caste than the bride.
The last two forms are an entirely different stories. Not only they are inappropriate according to the society, but they are also illegal in the social rules according to it.
- Rakshasa marriage – where the groom forcibly abducts the bride against her will and her family’s will. (The word Rakshasa means “devil”.) This is much of an abduction. In cases where the girl is willing to marry the boy but her family is against the alliance, the girl may be abducted and married.
- Paishacha marriage – where the man forces himself on a woman when she is insentient: when she is drugged or drunken, possessed or unconscious and thus is married unwillingly, and which has been outlawed by Manu.
Among these Indian weddings there are some common traditions occur in all of them. In every Indian wedding videography, we will be a professional group when it comes to your videography. Their rituals, and cultural elements make them special and meaningful. Another highlighting fact is the fashion taste. When it comes to weddings in India, they show their fashion style, which is colorful and unique in a completely different standard. Their wedding dress outfits are elaborate and stunning and the bride is the most glamourous of all.
- The Holy Date: Invitations may have been selected in another way. In Hindu culture, couples often let the stars and planets decide the when and where, looking to their zodiac signs to settle on lucky times to ensure a prosperous marriage.
- Red Wedding Attire: Indian wedding dresses are usually colorful. (Brides often trade their “something white” for “something red.”) That’s because Hindu ceremonies call for a sari that’s brightly colored and adorned with gold embroidery, symbolizing commitment, spirituality, and fertility. A bride might also apply a dash of red kumkuma powder to her forehead for good luck.
- Henna: Lemon is the main ingredient for the magical cream for the hennawhich is used to make henna. Crush the leaves of a Lawsonia Inermis plant into a fine powder and add lemon juice to create this cosmetic paste. With uses both artistic and medicinal, henna, which is also known as mehndi, has beautified Indian brides for more than 5,000 years.
The solution is typically applied to a bride’s hands and feet in fine lines to create paisley and floral patterns. The woman of the hour will arrange a mehndi party with female attendants only days before the wedding, much like a bachelorette party. It is believed that the darker the bride’s henna appears, the stronger her marriage will be. Unlike tattoos, henna is temporary, lasting three to seven days.
- The Haldi Ceremony: On the morning of the wedding, the bride and groom apply haldi, a yellow turmeric paste, onto themselves for good luck. The paste is believed to ward off evil spirits and provide powerful healing properties.
- The Mandap: Once the bride walks down the aisle, she and the groom sit underneath a pavilion adorned with common Indian wedding decorations: flowers, drapes, and lights. Symbolizing growth and well-being, the mandap is a sacred structure under which Hindu ceremonies are held. Each pillar is believed to represent the couple’s parents whose love, blessings, and support made the wedding happen.
- Lighting Holy Fire: An Indian couple pledges their vows around the agni, a holy fire that acts as a witness to the ceremony. The bride and groom take seven steps around the blaze while reciting this sacred Hindu pledge of marriage:
- Donning the Mangalasutra: In Hindu weddings, “tying the knot” takes on a literal meaning. The groom ties a “holy thread,” made with black, red, and white beads and strung through a black or yellow string, around his bride’s neck to distinguish her as a married woman. The bride continues to wear the mangalsutra even after her wedding day to represent her marital status.
- Hiding The Shoes: Instead of tossing your bouquet to a group of single ladies, consider this Indian wedding prank that could leave your bridesmaids all the richer! In the popular Indian wedding game Jutti Chupai, bridesmaids steal and hide the groom’s shoes just before the wedding ceremony begins. Once the ceremony is over, the groom looks for his missing pair while the ‘maids, or saalis, look on at his failed attempts. Eventually, they ask the groom for a sum of money—20, 50, even 100 dollars—in exchange for his kicks.
- Bidding Farewell: Not all brides leave the altar with a cheery smile. At Hindu weddings, the newlywed says her goodbyes during the Vidaai ceremony, a tearful event in which the bride officially leaves her home and family to start a life with her new husband. She then takes handfuls of rice to throw over her head to show thanks and pay homage to her parents.
- The homecoming: To ward off evil, the couple is sprayed with salt water before entering the groom’s house. The bride then takes one more precaution: she steps in a mixture of milk and vermillion, leaving red footprints on the floor to represent the manifestation of Lakshmi, the Hindu goddess of love, beauty, and fortune. Finally, the bride kicks a pot of rice to ensure fertility and posterity, and, at long last, married life can officially begin!
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