Kalyanamdays is a leading matrimonial site dedicated to all south Indian states Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, and Kerala. Kalyanam days is a leading Tamil Nadu matrimonial site dedicated to all south Indian states Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, and Kerala. Kalyanam days is born out of the belief to bind two individuals into soulmates. We understand that marriage is a pious institution in every religion and community and so we serve everyone with the best matrimonial advice regardless of their community. Kalyanamdays is one of the best Tamil Nadu matrimonial sites in India.
Indian weddings are said to be one of the most happening weddings in the world where there will be colors, music, dance, a variety of food and the level of enjoyment you can’t imagine. Every wedding reflects the culture and customs related to the religion and community. Weddings in India are celebrated for 2-3 days in almost every community with each day having different ceremonies that signify the sentiments and upcoming happy future of the bride and groom. Especially in Hindu weddings, there are a number of rituals performed by the bride and groom and their respective families. Because in India marriage is not just a relation between 2 individuals but it’s a relation between the 2 families.
South Indian weddings are no different and like every other Indian state people from every religion live here. Where some customs are common for all still there are many rituals that are different and specific for each community. But isn’t that the beauty of India? Brides dressed in Kanjivaram silk sarees and accessorizing themselves with gold ornaments that match perfectly with the groom’s attire. Most of the south Indian weddings take place in the day time and hence from decorations to food everything copes up with the muhuratham.
In every Indian community, the couple is taught the significance and beliefs of marriage. They are told their duties and responsibilities towards each other and their new families. As the couple is about to bound in a relationship that is meant to be forever, they need to adjust with each other even after they come from totally independent and different thinking or perspective. And in society here, roles for man and wife are quite specific. For example, the wife is told to take responsibility for household works, takes care of family members and the husband is said to be the earner for the whole family arranging financial security, food and other necessary things for their living.
The couple is told to take some vows during the marriage ceremony to understand their duties better and clearer. The one thing which is similar in every community and its vows is that the couple is told to be a pillar of support for each other in every phase of their life.
The Tamil Nadu Christian wedding vows says - I, take you, to be my wife/husband, to have and to hold from this day forward, for better, for worse, for richer, for poorer, in sickness and in health, to love and to cherish, till death us do part.
Similarly, the Hindu wedding vow is -I will be by your side as your courage and strength. I will rejoice in your happiness. In return, you will love me solely.
Another vow is - I promise to love and cherish you for as long as I live. Your happiness is my happiness, and your sorrow is my sorrow. I will trust and honor you and will strive to fulfill all your wishes.
Tamil Hindu weddings have 7 pheras and 7 vows as they believe that the couple will be together for 7 lives.
In a Tamil Nadu Muslim marriages, they are asked to accept each other as husband and wife in their complete senses and with all their hearts.
The general belief behind these vows in every community is to make the couple promise each other for a happy future and successful married life. And therefore it is made sure that the vows consist of all aspects of their life together be it happiness or sorrow or any unexpected situation. In other words, the vows are made to teach the bride and groom how they should lead a happy and prosperous married life together. As from individuals they are now going to have a family of their own, it requires a lifelong commitment, mutual understanding, and respect for each other.
In Tamilnadu, brahmin wedding rituals and other community wedding rituals are slightly different but mostly the same as a traditional Hindu wedding. The bride wears a silk saree of 9 yards in madisar style with lots of gold jewelry including necklaces, earrings, bangles, armband, waistband, Matha Patti and other hair accessories to add more gorgeousness to her bridal glow whereas the groom wears off white veshti, and angavastram.
- A pre-wedding pooja which is performed to seek blessings from the almighty so that the wedding ceremonies are done without any obstacles. This is also to officially commence the wedding ceremonies on both sides. The families decorate the main gate of their houses to show that there is a wedding in the family.
- A formal engagement ceremony in which the groom’s family gifts saree, jewelry, sweets and fruits to the bride. The priest makes the bride offer prayers to God for her happy married life.
- on the wedding day the relatives of the bride and groom apply a paste of turmeric and sandalwood to their body and give an auspicious bath. This signifies that now both of them are pure and ready for the sacred wedding rituals.
- On the wedding day, the groom and his family reach the venue and are welcomed by the bride’s family with nuts and sweets. The bride’s brother applies tilak on the groom’s forehead and welcomes him to the family.
- a fun ritual where the groom acts to be angry with his family and announces that he will move to Kashi leaving the domestic and social life behind. He then takes a stick and a bag and starts walking out of the place but is stopped by the bride’s father who makes him understand the importance of domestic life and offers his daughter’s alliance. The groom accepts the new phase of life and returns back to the mandap.
- when the groom returns to the mandap he exchanges flower garlands with the bride. The couple then sits on a decorated swing where the sumangalis smears their feet with sandalwood and vermillion with little milk. They take rounds around the couple and sing songs holding pots with Diya and rice. It is believed that this ceremony keeps evil away from the couple. A mixture of banana, milk, and sugar is fed to the couple and they are blessed by the elders of both families.
- the most emotional moment of every Indian wedding when the father gives away his lovely daughter to the groom. In Tamil Hindu weddings the bride sits on her father’s lap facing the groom. The father holds the bride's hands and keeps on the groom’s hand. A coconut is placed on their hands while the bride’s mother pours holy water onto it. This signifies that from now to forever the groom will take responsibility for their daughter to provide her a financially stable life with love and happiness.
- after the kanyadanam ritual the groom’s parents present a saree to the bride and make her an official part of their family. The bride then changes to this traditional saree given by her in-laws and returns to the mandap. The groom then ties thali (mangal sutra) around the bride’s neck by knotting it twice whereas the third knot is tied by his sister. The groom applies vermillion on the bride’s hair parting and they both stand up for saptapadi.
- the priest chants Vedic mantras and asks the couple to take seven rounds around the sacred fire. With each round, the couple takes vows of loving, caring and supporting each other for the rest of their lives. The couple is told their duties and responsibilities towards their married life and family by the priest. This ritual marks the end of wedding ceremonies, the couple then takes blessings from their elders.
- The imam offers a prayer at the mosque in the presence of male members from both families. They pray to Allah to bless the alliance and the couple for their future.
- the groom’s mother visits the bride’s home along with other female members to offer her gifts and sweets. She ties a gold or silver coin wrapped in a silk cloth on the girl’s arm and accepts her as a daughter in law.
- the engagement ceremony is called mangni in Muslim community. The exchange of rings doesn’t necessarily happen between the boy and the girl, in fact some families don’t allow them to see each other during the ceremony. The bride and groom are presented with dresses, gold, sweets, fruits, and nuts by each other’s family. The ring is also given by the parents only.
- a pre-wedding ritual which is similar to the Haldi ceremony of Hindu weddings. This ceremony takes place in the bride and groom’s respective homes where the family and friends apply turmeric paste to their face, hands, and legs in order to bring a glow to their beauty. After this ritual stepping out of the house is prohibited.
- Female relatives and friends of the bride gathers at her home and applies henna to her hands and legs. They also sing and dance to enjoy the function. It is believed that the darker the color of henna the brighter the bride’s marital future will be.
- The groom’s family comes to meet the bride and presents to her the bridal dress and jewelry which she wears during her nikah.
- The groom leaves his home with his family and friends for the wedding venue. The groom’s party is called Barat which is welcomed by the bride’s family. Brother of the bride especially welcomes the groom by applying attar and sprinkling rose water on him. He then takes him to the place where nikah is going to be done.
- the main wedding ritual of a Muslim wedding is Nikah. The bride and groom sit separately so that they can’t see each other. Female guests sit on the bride’s side whereas males sit with the groom. On the bride’s side, the Maulvi takes her consent over the Mehar offered by the groom and his family which can be cash, gold or property. Mehar is offered to provide financial security to the bride. The Maulvi recites prayers from the Quran and asks the bride if she accepts the marriage to which she replies “Qubool hai” three times. Then the Maulvi moves to the groom’s side where he repeats the same procedure. The bride’s father gives his permission to the alliance and asks the groom to take the responsibility of his daughter. The nikahnama which is a legal marriage contract is signed by the bride and groom along with two witnesses of the wedding. Their duties and responsibilities are told and marriage vows are read aloud by the Maulvi. A prayer named khutba is done which is the disclosure of the wedding.
- Till the nikah is done the couple is prohibited to see each other and once it is done they are made to sit together with a mirror in between. So that they can lay their eyes on each other as husband and wife.
- The bride bids goodbye to her family and friends and leaves for her new home. She is welcomed by her mother in law who keeps the Quran on her head which signifies that now she has to fulfill her duties towards the new family.
The brides from the Tamilnadu Christian community wear kanjeevaram silk saree on the wedding day which is mostly in red, golden, or white color whereas the groom opts for a three-piece suit. Nowadays the young brides are choosing white gowns for their special day.
- this is a prayer held at the church after both families decide on the alliance. They gather at church where the priest offers prayer to God to seek his blessings and confirmation for the boy and girl as they are going to start a new chapter of life.
- the day prior to the wedding family and friends gather at the bride and groom’s house for a fun-filled ceremony. In this ceremony everyone applies sandalwood paste to the bride and groom and bless them for their future. The sign of the cross is made on their forehead by everyone and at the end they are given a holy bath. This ritual ends with a feast of delicious delicacies and drinks.
- On the day of the wedding groom sends a car for the bride on which she reaches the church. There she is welcomed by the groom’s family and taken to the altar by the groom’s best man. After a prayer, the priest starts the wedding by making the couple take vows. These marriage vows are not modified in years and are traditional which the couple can’t change. After taking the vows they accept each other as husband and wife. The couple exchange wedding rings and the groom ties mangalsutra or thali around the bride’s neck. The priest solemnizes the marriage by taking the couple’s signature on the Church’s marriage record book along with witnesses.
- The church service is followed by a reception which can be either lunch or dinner. The couple cuts a cake together and everyone toasts for the newlyweds.
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