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India and its diversity bring in so many colours and flavours on the plate that if we start to explain them all, it will take us years to get done with it. With different cultures come different languages, lifestyle, festivals and customs. And when it comes to weddings, we are in a treat of vivid rituals. With the passing time, every culture is becoming a blend as we all absorb one thing or another from every culture, but it is turning out to be a beautiful amalgamation. For instance, we have seen how often groom's clothes are torn during a haldi ceremony in every culture now, however, did you know that it has its own importance in a Sindhi wedding? Scroll down to know more.
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Sindhis believe in living life king-size and this shows in their weddings. Sindhi weddings are all about dancing, rich rituals and an elaborate buffet. Since the Sindhi community shares a geographical border with Punjab, their weddings are just as fun and loud as a Punjabi wedding. If there is one thing that stands out in a Sindhi community, it is their ritual of tearing the clothes of the groom-to-be. Let's get to know more about this unique ritual.
There are so many fun rituals that one witness in a Sindhi wedding like Gujarati mother-in-law pulling groom's nose and sister-in-laws stealing his footwear; there is one ritual which stands out as the most unconventional one, Saanth. It is a Sindhi ritual in which the clothes of the groom are not torn by the people of the bride's side but by his own friends and relatives.
On the eve of the wedding, the groom's close friends and family members, preferably married, put oil on the head of the groom. He is made to wear a shoe on his right foot and then break an earthen pot with that foot. Once everything is done, the relatives of the groom tear off all of his clothes. This is one of the most amazing and unique pre-wedding rituals of a Sindhi wedding. Not only is this fun but it has a beautiful tradition attached to it as well.
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It is said that a wedding changes someone's life completely as it no only adds lots of love to a person's life but also some responsibilities. It is almost like the second innings of your life, where you built a new life of yours with your partner. Getting married is one of the most important decisions of one's life. Sindhis also believe that marriage marks the new journey of your life. They believe that a person starts a new life when they get married and that is why the clothes of the groom are torn.
The clothes of the groom symbolise his old life which is of a single person. The relatives tear the clothes to ward off the evil and to prepare the groom for his new life. Tearing the clothes symbolises that his bachelorhood is taken away from him. It is believed that after this ritual, the groom is free from all evil and is ready to embark on a new journey as a married man.
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India is a land of various cultures and each of them is beautiful. Sindhi weddings are one of a kind. Their traditions are meaningful and they follow them religiously. If you haven't attended a Sindhi wedding yet, it's time that you do. Stay tuned with us to know more unique rituals that make an Indian wedding completely fun to attend!