Gujaratis are colourful, die-hard foodies, fun loving and intelligent. These people hail from the land of Mahatma Gandhi and take non-violence very seriously. They lead happy and peaceful lives. Garba and business are in their blood.
Gujarati weddings are nothing less than carnivals, but without non-vegetarian food and alcohol. If you are attending a Gujarati wedding anytime soon, here are some things that you will definitely encounter there.
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Gujaratis hold an official garba night one or two days before the wedding day, where friends and family from both the sides come together for the clash of the sticks. But, since Gujaratis love to dance, just one garba night is not enough for them. It happens every day once the wedding celebrations commence and are very colourful.
Gujarati weddings do not have guests, they have entire villages living under one roof. No matter how busy their schedules might be, but if there is a wedding, all the distant relatives and friends are going to show up for it. When there are so many people in the same house, 'adjustment' becomes the key to survive. It means that there will be around 10 people in the same room, sharing one washroom, and surprisingly nobody complains about this situation.
Along with garba nights, there are ritual nights at a Gujarati wedding too. Many rituals will go on all night long. But, just a handful of people will actually be interested in them. Most of the aunties would be busy gossiping and fixing the future matches. So, there will be gossips and rituals going on simultaneously.
Gujaratis take wedding gifts pretty seriously. For them, wedding gifts are like investments. Thus, those gifts would incline more towards cash rather than kind! Also, to count that cash, you will find one of the uncles sitting at the entrance of the wedding venue.
Paage laago is an eminent part of a Gujarati wedding. You have to take blessings from your elders, parents, relatives and even neighbours. So, you will find the bride and the groom holding their backs after the wedding because of all the bending and feet touching.
The Gujarati mothers-in-law welcome the grooms in a very special way. They let them enter the wedding venue only after they have pulled their noses to their heart's desire. This game/ritual is one of the highlights of a Gujarati wedding.
If you are at a Gujarati wedding, you are bound to come across a lavish buffet that will include dhokla, khandvi, fafda and an array of other colourful dishes. If you are a non-Gujarati, you might find them to be a little too sweet for your palate, but they are worth a try.
Gujju boys and girls know more than just garba. They can flirt and they can do it even without holding a glass of wine in their hands, which by the way, is not allowed at their weddings. These people can flirt well, and as a result, one can find many young couples at a Gujarati wedding. In fact, many future matches are made at one or the other wedding.
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Gujaratis are very emotional and weddings are overwhelming for everybody. You will get to see a lot of waterworks at their weddings, irrespective of the age and gender. You might even see members of the groom's family getting emotional.
Gujaratis have a sharp mind for politics and business. Their weddings are not only about dance, food and celebrations. You will find many men and women subtly discussing politics in the midst of the wedding celebrations.
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There is nothing like a Gujarati wedding. If you have not been a part of any until now, you should grab the very next opportunity that shows up, because a Gujarati wedding is simply amazing.