This ceremony is something just similar to the engagement ceremony. In this ceremony, the bride and groom give their acceptance to this new relationship in respective their families. Both families exchange gifts and other things and create new relationships. Generally, people invite only their family and friends at this ceremony.
This ceremony takes place at bride’s house, where the mother of the groom covers the brides head with beautiful red chunni, which indicates that from now onwards she is part of their family and she is supposed to respect and upload the honor and pride of the family. In this ceremony, the bride wears clothes and jewelry gifted by her in-laws only. Groom marks her head with red sindoor as a sign of commitment. After this, groom’s parents offer shagun to the bride and her family as a blessing and acceptance of engagement. Both the family exchange the gifts followed by a lavish celebration with a lot of music and dance performances.
Usually, on the same day as the chunni ceremony, the bride and the groom exchange rings among close family and their friends as a mark of their engagement to each other.
These two ceremonies are just full of excitement and joy. Mehendi ceremony is generally conducted in both the families, where all the ladies of the family smear beautiful mehndi on their hands. In sangeet ceremony, the family members, relatives, and friends perform a dance on various songs and other traditional folk songs also. Sangeet is all about making merry and just having fun.
A set of 21 beautiful bangles are selected by the bride’s maternal uncle (mama) and aunt (mami) and they later gift it to the bride during the Choora ceremony which happens on the morning of the wedding day. The bangles (red, pink, orange) are first purified with milk and rose petals and then put on the bride’s wrist. After which, the wrist is covered with a white cloth so the bride cannot see it until she is completely ready for the wedding ceremony.
It happens just before the wedding day in which a paste made of turmeric and mustard oil is applied to the couple to cleanse them and to get a glowing skin.
It is another important ritual where the bride’s sister along with a few other relatives goes to gurudwara to fill an earthen pot with water that the groom uses to bath after the Vatna.
Agwaani or welcoming the Baarat is done by the ladkiwale. The groom comes on a horse with his family members and is greeted by the bride’s family with a lot of pomp.
Both the families go to the Gurudwara Sahib for Lavaan phere, where the ardaas is recited. The Lavaan phere are the four prayers chanted as the couple moves in a clockwise direction around the Guru Granth Sahib (the holy book). The ceremony ends with final prayers and the distribution of the guruprasad.
In this Punjabi wedding ritual, the bride and the groom exchange flower garlands as a mark of accepting each other!
Once the wedding ceremony is over, the bride changes into an outfit gifted by her in-laws and bids farewell to her family.