After the groom is dressed in his wedding attire, he proceeds to the wedding venue. He is accompanied by his wedding procession consisting of close friends and family members who dance and sing along the way to the venue.
This is a Sikh wedding ritual where the bride’s family welcomes the groom as he reaches the wedding venue. They offer the groom gifts and money. Often, they exchange garlands.
This refers to the main Sikh wedding ceremony. Anand Karaj translates to ‘blissful union’.
The families go into the Gurudwara to attend the Kirtan which is a set of religious songs that are sung. A guru granth sahib, the holy book of the Sikhs is brought out and the priest at the Gurudwara then recites ardas (a set of prayers) while the bride and groom are seated.
Laavan are the four prayers that seal the marriage.
The bride’s pallu and the groom’s shawl/dupatta are tied together as a symbol of unity. They then take rounds around their holy book, the guru granth sahib as the laavan is chanted. The groom leads the rounds holding a Kirpan (sword).
They exchange garlands and are then considered married.
A ceremonial sweet is offered to the guests. The sweet is either made by the bride's family or by the gurudwara in a certain method and is blessed and considered holy.
SIKH POST-WEDDING RITUALS
An event that takes place to celebrate the newly married couple and their married life in the future. Food and drink is served and a lot of entertainment takes place.
This is when the bride bids an emotional farewell to her family and proceeds to her husband’s house. As she departs, she throws a handful of rice backwards towards her mother, symbolically thanking her family for bringing her up and trying to repay them.
It is called doli as in earlier times, the bride was carried to the groom’s house in a wooden structure called doli.
When the couple visits the bride’s house for the first time after the wedding, they receive a warm welcome with gifts and an elaborate meal.