It is generally agreed that the wedding is one of the most important events in the life of every loving couple, but what lies behind the ceremony itself can be described using one single word: chaos. There are so many details that need to be taken into account to ensure everything turns out just the way you have always been dreaming of that sometimes you feel overwhelmed with the situation and frustrated. Don’t panic though and take one step at a time.
Each culture has its own way to celebrate the union between two loving persons, but when it comes to Sikhs, their weddings are truly spectacular. If you are planning your Sikh wedding, make sure you decide first whether to have a destination wedding or organize it somewhere closer to where you live, then make the guests list, choose the outfits and look for the perfect Sikh priest to make your ceremony official.
The Sikh culture is different from any other cultures around the world and it is usually practiced in South Asia. It’s a very old one, dating back to the 15th century, but even so, the rituals and customs practiced during the wedding ceremony are still present today.
Before the wedding, there’s an engagement ceremony which in the Punjabi language is called “kurmai”. During this ceremony, there are four piece of cloth bought that are later on used to cover the holy Guru Granth Sahib. Various religious songs that leave everyone mesmerized are performed at the engagement ceremony, when the bride and the groom exchange rings.
There is a series of other rituals performed between the engagement and the wedding ceremonies and one very good example is the chunni chadai ritual, which implies that female members coming from behalf of the groom’s family have to visit the house of the bride. Chunni is the piece of cloth that the mother-in-law uses to cover the bride’s head during this visit.
However, probably the most awaited ritual of Sikh weddings is the one called chooda ceremony. Now, the bride’s maternal uncle gives the bride red and white bangles that have golden colored kalire tied to them. It’s a sacred ritual during which everyone present gets really emotional.
Gana ritual is also an important part of the ceremony, because it’s the moment when the right hand of the groom and the left hand of the bride are tied together with a red thread considered to be sacred. This thread is the symbol of happy marriage and is supposed to make any bad omen go away instantly.
The wedding ceremony itself is not that elaborated actually. A Sikh officiant, such as the worldly famous Dr. Freedom Singh and Leela, needs to be present to make everything official and keep in mind that it is essential to select an experienced and professional Sikh priest to benefit from a marvelous wedding ceremony. Everything takes place in the gurdwara and the priest recites the ardaas, which are also known as the holy prayer of supplication.