Indian marriage trends and celebrations, over the years, have transformed to become better, but the desi wedding customs and games still hold their roots. We bring to you some thrilling games and rituals that are always high on the list and help break the ice between the bride and her new family.
Yes, we all know the magic it does to the D-day. Hiding the groom's shoes is by far the most interesting aspect of any Indian wedding. Once the duo reaches the mandap for the pheras, the groom takes off his shoes and then the bride’s sisters make wacky plans to steal the shoes and demand a huge sum of money in lieu of it. Negotiations go on till the jiju agrees to pay. This prank has become a must-have Indian custom during the wedding.
Hoots, giggles and laughter follow and everyone becomes interested when this game takes the centre stage. The couple entering the home for the first time is directed to sit surrounding a large container full of milk and rose petals. There is a ring put in it and the newlyweds are asked to find it. Whoever finds it first is said to have an upper hand in the marriage. After the sentimental and emotional vidaai ceremony, this lively game comes as a fun-filled respite.
Laughter engulfs the household as this game helps to predict the future relationship and bonding of the 'just married' couple. Here, the sister of the groom and bride tightly tie a string, also called gana, on their wrists before the wedding. Then the new husband and wife are asked to untie the knots after the wedding ceremony is over. It is believed that the time they take to untie the knots, signifies the time they will take to solve their fights, if at all they get into one.
After having tied the nuptials, the groom is asked to find his name in the mehendi applied on the bride's hands. At times, it takes hours for the guy to look for his name. It is believed that if he fails, the wife will have the command in the marriage and vice versa.
It is fun to play, funnier to watch and makes the occasion rich and vivacious. The singing game sets a different mood altogether. The members are divided into two teams, usually, the bride and groom are on different teams. One of the team starts the game by choosing and singing a song. The other team then starts singing another song with the last alphabet of the previously sung song. It is full of gaiety and everyone gets to participate as well.
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Now that you know of these awesome games to play with your new bhabhi when she comes home, do make sure to make her feel warm and welcome in her new house. And, what better way to do that other than with some masti, right?