By Jasleen Kaur Last Updated:
Indian weddings are a grand and lavish affair, where all near and dear ones come together to bless the beautiful couple for the new phase of their life together. Once all the D-day rituals are over, and the couple is officially known as 'husband and wife', comes a moment that is a little bittersweet experience for the bride and her family.
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This is the moment of vidaai, when the bride bids farewell to her family and moves towards her husband's home. Here we have got some emotional and some joyous shots of the vidaai ceremony from real Indian weddings.
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Vidaai symbolises the final stage of the wedding. The bride gets ready to bid farewell to her parents' home and makes her way towards her husband's home. When old ties break, even if only symbolically, tears do find their way out. Here is a shot of a beautiful bride, teary-eyed, before leaving for her new abode.
During the vidaai ceremony, as the bride steps out of her parents' house she pauses at the door to throw a handful of rice and coins over her head. Daughters are considered to be the manifestation of Goddess Lakshmi (deity of wealth and prosperity). So, a bride wishes that her parents' home remains prosperous even after she leaves!
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Here is a beautiful shot of a bride throwing a handful of rice over her head as a wish of prosperity for her parents' home. And, do take a look at her expressions! Vidaai is a bittersweet moment no doubt, but it is not necessary that tears have to be a part of it. This bride's smile says a lot about her love for her parents' home as well as her excitement of entering a new life.
Vidaai ceremony is not limited to a particular community or faith. This ceremony, though with varying rituals, can be found in every community in India. Here is a Sikh bride with eyes full of tears hugging her dad as a part of the final farewell ceremony from her parents' home.
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The vidaai ritual also symbolises that the bride has repaid her parents for her upbringing and for everything they have bestowed on her. As the bride throws grains of rice behind, her parents and other close family members are there to catch it in their hands or dupatta.
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The mention of vidaai in itself is enough to make the bride and her family's eyes well up with tears. As their little, loving daughter welcomes a new life of bliss; parents are filled with feelings of happiness for her, blessing her with all their heart and soul. Here is a shot of a bride leaning on to her father.
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As the bride leaves for her new home with her groom, her parents' give her hand to the groom and request him to love and take care of their precious daughter always. It is every father's wish that his little princess is always treated as a 'princess'. Here is a bride who makes her way towards her new home with her lovely daddy blessing and guiding her.
The final ritual in the vidaai ceremony sees the couple move towards the car to head towards the groom’s house. Here is a bride who makes her way towards her new life with her husband.
Indian weddings are filled with moments that are beautiful, significant and emotional too. Here is a close-up shot of a bride sitting in her car after the vidaai ceremony. She is now ready to move towards her new home with her husband and his family, which is now her family too!
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When a bride leaves for her new home she wants to make sure that her parents and loved ones do not cry. This is what this bride wants, as she wipes away tears from her family member's eyes during the vidaai.
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Traditionally an Indian bride leaves her parent's home in a doli. Here is a shot of a beautiful bride who seems excited to enter her new life.
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A bride's eyes become a window into her heart and soul at this moment. Her eyes may have tears in them, but there is also the twinkle of the excitement of the new phase of life that is about to start. Take a look at this bride who has managed to mesmerise us with her eyes!
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The tears that a bride and her family members shed during this time are khushi ke aansu (tears of happiness). During this emotional moment, it is very important that her groom stays by her side to assure not only her but also her parents that he will always be with her, to guide her and take care of her.
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Every parent wants their daughter to be happy always, whether she is in their home or at her husband's home. Here is a shot of a mother bidding a happy adieu to her daughter as the bride's car moves towards her new home.
After the bride enters her husband's home there are many more rituals that follow. One of the most important and significant ones is the griha pravesh. The first steps that a woman takes into her new home after the wedding is a celebrated and a crucial moment.
Well, these were a few beautiful vidaai moments that are close to every bride and her family’s heart. What do you guys have to say about this mixed emotion kind of a ritual? Do let us know in the comments section below!