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Indian weddings are filled with colours, festivities, ceremonies, and significance. Every community, religion and region, has different customs and traditions when it comes to weddings. Amongst the various wedding rituals, one ritual that forms a common thread in almost all of them is the haldi (turmeric) ceremony.
It is a ceremony that takes place at both the bride and the groom's side. It is not just a significant ceremony, but also a fun-filled one. Here we have collected, some of those special haldi ceremony moments from real Indian weddings for you. Take a look.
This is a shot that we just could not resist sharing. Here the bride and the groom's haldi ceremony is taking place together. Looking at their infectious and radiant smiles, we see haldi is working its magic not just on their skin, but on their bond as well!
Here is a lovely montage of a bride's haldi ceremony, showcasing her different moods. Turmeric is known to purify the skin, and add glow to it. It is applied on the bride and the groom's face, hands and legs by their close friends and family. Brides usually wear the colour yellow, or shades of it, for this ceremony.
Haldi ceremony is held at both, the bride and the groom's, sides. Well, even the groom needs to look radiant on his special day. Traditionally, in most communities, once this ceremony is done, the would-be couple cannot step out of their homes till the time of the wedding. Here is a beautiful shot of a groom's haldi ceremony.
Haldi ceremony is like a home-beautification process for the bride, which has been a part of the Indian culture, since time immemorial. This wedding ceremony is known by different names in different communities, like ubtan, vatna, tel baan, halad chadavane, manjha ceremony, pendikoothuru, etc.
Here is another stunning photograph of a bride, whose family and friends make sure that they leave no stone unturned to ensure that she is glowing at her wedding. It is her smile that is most enticing, and quite evident, even beneath the haldi.
Haldi and mehendi are some of the few ceremonies before the D-day, where brides are able to gather some sweet memories with their close family and friends before they tie the knot! Here is a photograph that captures one such fun-filled moment that a bride shares with her sister during the haldi ceremony. Simply heart-warming, right?
There are a few wedding ceremonies where everyone forgets about the wedding planning stress, the tensions of the trousseau packing, and the worries of the decorations, etc. Looking at this photograph, we can surely say, haldi is one of them. Here the family transforms the ceremony into Holi-like celebration.
Here is a beautiful shot of a gorgeous bride, who just cannot hold her smile, as her near and dear ones surround her. It is not just about adding glow to the bride's beauty, but also about showering her with blessings for the new phase in her life.
Here is a beautiful close-up shot of a bride being applied haldi. Usually, the paste for this ceremony is prepared using turmeric, sandalwood and rose water. The yellow colour of haldi is auspicious; so it is believed, it will add happiness, prosperity and good luck, in the couple's new life together.
Here is a bride happily posing for the photographer after her haldi ceremony is complete. Did you know that turmeric is best known for its various beauty and medicinal benefits? It not only adds a beautiful glow to the skin, but also purifies the skin, helps to get rid of wrinkles and other signs of ageing. So, it is only apt that it is used as a part of in-home beautification process of would-be brides.
Every community celebrates this ritual differently. In some communities, relatives apply haldi to the bride and the groom with mango leaves while in some, grass is dipped in haldi paste and oil, and then applied on the bride and the groom's face. In most communities, haldi is applied with just hands. The main idea is just to make sure that the would-be couple has a radiant glow on their faces, which would make them stand out during the wedding.
Here is a before and after shot of the bride from her haldi ceremony. The couple, generally, avoids wearing new clothes for this ceremony, as they will get spoilt. This photo would sum up the entire ceremony for you. After the ceremony is over, the bride takes a purifying bath. A small amount of holy water is also added into her bath water, to complete the purification process.
So, these were some happy brides and grooms flaunting their haldi ceremony. It is one of those cutesy and fun-filled ceremonies that everyone cherish all their lives! What about you guys? Do tell us in the comments section below!