We Indians are blessed with the kind of diversity our country has. Isn't it fascinating to travel a few kilometers in the country and enter a completely different world? The people, their culture, geography and so much more make our country unique. So, when it comes to weddings, you are sure to see a huge difference or little variations in wedding customs and traditions across the country. The fact that India is home to many religions also adds to the kind of weddings held here. Even if you look at North India itself, you will definitely notice the difference - from a Kashmiri Pandit wedding to a Punjabi wedding. And here is another one to add to this list - a pahadi wedding! Although there are many versions of pahadi weddings, more specifically we will talk about wedding rituals in the Kumaon region of Uttarakhand in this blog.
In traditional Kumaoni weddings, neighbours of the groom or bride become helping hands during the wedding. In some regions, a meeting is organised with every villager a few days before the wedding. During this gathering, different work is assigned to different people. For example, the task of cooking for the elderly is usually on the shoulders of the Pandit; while for other guests, the task will be allocated to some other person. The final result of the wedding is a perfect example of unity among the villagers. They in fact enjoy the process of preparation and this also comes as a way for them to mingle with other people. They will take their responsibilities seriously without any hesitation.