A Sikh Wedding

Gurmeet & Tharam
Gurmeet & Tharam
Gurmeet & Tharam
Gurmeet & Tharam
Gurmeet & Tharam
Gurmeet & Tharam

the culture

Sikh wedding, the beautiful representation of culture and religion from India. Sikh weddings are colorful, lively, and joyous, representing love, tradition, and happiness. In this blog, we’ll be talking about their traditions, attire and activities that take place during their wedding ceremony.

the attire: Groom

The groom’s emphasis is on traditional clothing like kurta pajama, sherwani, and a turban to westernized clothing like a trouser and a jacket suit. Their outfits consist of bright colors and bold prints, embossed with gold threads and the outfit fabric may range from cotton, velvet, and silk. Black and white are funeral colors in the Sikh community and are never worn at weddings.

 

If the wedding is more traditionally inclined, many grooms also carry a sword with them as a traditional symbol of protection for his bride and himself. “Kalgi” and “Sehra” are also added to the turban. Kalgi is a turban ornament encrusted with beads and crystals and Sehra is a decorative veil tied to the groom’s turban.

the attire: bride

The Sikh bride dresses up extravagantly for the wedding. She will wear a red Shalwar Kameez or Lehenga along with a long dupatta. The dress can be embellished according to the liking and it has to be red for “Anand Karaj” as the color symbolizes prosperity in the bride’s new married life. “Ranihaar”, a long heavy necklace made of gold, “Gold bangles”, “Kaleere”, a dome-shaped ornament that dangles from the bangles are also attached, “Tikka”, “Nath” all are an integral part of the bride’s attire.  

the rituals I

Baraat is the arrival of the groom which includes the intense greeting mostly accompanied with music by the bride’s family at the Gurdwara or the wedding venue.

 

Anand Karaj translates to the blissful reunion, takes place in a Gurdwara, a Sikh place of worship. It entails recitation from Guru Granth Sahib, the holy book of Sikhs, in the form of musical composition or Kirtan while the bride and groom are seated.

the rituals II

Laavan Pheras are the four prayers as the symbol of unity where the bride’s pallu and groom’s shawl are tied together acts as a symbol of unity to seal the marriage. Garlands are also exchanged by the groom and bride.

 

Karah Prasad, a ceremonial sweet is offered to the guests that are blessed by the Gurdwara and considered as holy.

the happy ending

With Covid’19 restrictions still ongoing, Sikh elopement wedding is also preferred by many couples. The bride and groom head to Gurdwara and after Anand Karaj and Laavan Pheras, they are officially married. Milni and other rituals along with a lot of guests are not a part of the elopement wedding.

 

If you ever get a chance to attend a Sikh wedding, don’t miss out on it. Their weddings are beautiful, full of culture and traditions and there is always something going on every minute.

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