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Advice Section: Asian Traditions of Wedding
Colourful Weddings
When it comes to weddings, the rich diversity of Asian cultures, traditions and religions leads to a wide variety of colourful and fascinating wedding customs.
From clothes to bangles, home décor, lights, and furniture everything is in a festive mood. The bride's and groom’s family usually string hundreds of coloured lights over and around their home, creating an ostentatious announcement of their daughter or son forthcoming marriage.
Basic Essence of all Marriages
Although there are a variety of traditions and customs when it comes to marriage, but all are centred around the basic concept of a new beginning, a new journey down the path of life together.
Importance of Family in Asian traditions of wedding
The Asian Traditions of marriage are important in their own way for they aim to bind not only the bride and the groom but also their brides with the help of these traditions. Family has always played an important role in all the ancient civilizations of Asia. Asian Traditions ensure that every family member plays a vital role in a family marriage. Beginning from the clergy to the parents of the couple, each have their assigned duties.
Traditional Pakistani marriage celebrations
A traditional Pakistani marriage celebration usually lasts for three days. The first day is reserved for a big celebration called Mehndi, this includes dancing and singing ancient songs..
Here, the bride-to-be receives traditional henna staining of her hands and feet. This traditional Muslim art form invokes intricately designs to create beautiful symbolic patterns. The bride-to-be is waited on by her family while the henna stain dries overnight.
The wedding rites and ceremony in Pakistan take places on the second day. This occasion is named Barat. The Pakistani bride and groom who continue their traditions wear garments of red. The bride's gown is very elaborate, as are her veil and jewellery. Men wear a distinctive traditional turban. After wedding vows are exchanged, the Holy Koran is held over the new bride's head as she joins her husband's family. The official paperwork is signed in the presence of an Islamic priest and the guests.
On the third day, the couple hosts their first dinner as husband and wife. The groom's family invites all of the guests to their home for a feast. This is called Walima.
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