India is one such country where weddings are not only about the wedding day, but also have a lot of fun filled pre-wedding functions and rituals. But, all these pre-wedding rituals have some or the other significance associated with them. One such ceremony which is full of fun, happiness and significance is the Haldi ceremony. Haldi, often known as turmeric, has been used for centuries throughout India. It is a popular component not just in the cooking, but also in auspicious rituals and pujas. Haldi, or turmeric, holds a very special place in Indian Culture.
Haldi is considered sacred in Indian traditions for its tendency to purify and cleanse the body. When the haldi paste is washed off after the ritual, it helps to eliminate dead cells and cleanse the skin. Aside from its beautifying properties, haldi is also believed to relieve some of the bride and groom-to-be's anxiousness before their wedding. It is also believed that Haldi enhances immunity and relieves stomach discomfort.
On the morning of the wedding, married ladies apply turmeric (haldi), oil, and water on both the bride-to-be and the groom-to-be. Before the wedding, the couple is said to be blessed with this combination. It is said to have characteristics that make the skin appear fair and radiant. In certain Indian cultures, haldi is considered auspicious and also represents protection.