While in the Christian weddings the congregation waits for the arrival of the bride, in the Asian weddings the groom’s arrival is awaited at the house of the bride. After the welcoming of the groom there is an exchange of garlands (jaimala) between the groom and the bride. After this, among the Hindus the bride and the groom take seven rounds around the holy fire, the Sikhs take 4 rounds of the holy book and among the Muslims the marriage is solemnized by mutual consent. Among the post wedding rituals is the Vidaai wherein the bride takes leave of her parental home. This is followed by the welcoming of the bride into her new household amidst much joy and cheer.
In Asian weddings the bride and groom are elaborately dressed. Both of them wear the traditional attire complete with jewellery and accessories. The bride is decked in bright coloured sari or salwar kameez or lehenga choli. She also wears choora (Bangles), kalira (silver or
gold ornament that is tied to the bangle), mangalsutra (a necklace made of gold that has black beads) and sindoor (vermilion mark applied by the groom on the forehead of the bride). The groom wears the traditional dhoti kurta or kurta pyjama. He also sports a turban with a veil which is called the sehra. It is made with fresh flowers or gold tassels.
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