The year was 1989.The year in which our darling daughter was to get married. The preparations had started many days before . There were many ceremonies Starting with the Engagement , Sangeet and Mehendi , all the ceremonies were vivid, colourful and distinctive. The mehandi looked exquisite. The whole atmosphere was surcharged with gaiety. There was merriment, jollity, cheerfulness and liveliness all around. Her friends were singing, dancing and merry making. There were several guests in the house, many of whom had come from out stations. The ceremonies started with applying turmeric paste on the body of the bride to be. This paste is made with turmeric, sandalwood flakes , oil, scents and rose water. Every one applied this paste on her . After this the bride-to -be had to take bath. The water for the bath was brought in a pitcher by the sis-in law of the bride. My DIL, accompanied by young girls, brought water in a mud pitcher from a neighbour's house. This ceremony is called Gharoli. The girl then took bath. After the ceremonial bath another ritual was performed. This is called Chura. Chura consists of seven or multiples of seven red and white ivory bangles. It is customary that these bangles are brought by the girl's maternal uncle. Before the bride wears the chura it is circulated among every body present there. They touch the chura and pray for the happy married life of the couple. Along with the Chura the bride's friends and young girls of the family tied Kaliras. Kaliras are made of gold,silver or silver lining with ringlets hanging on the sides. They are tied to the bangle. Lunch was served after the ceremonies. Now was the time to move. The actual marriage ceremony was scheduled to be held at a club. My husband, who is a stickler for time started hurrying up. We had to reach the venue in time to welcome the baraat. After great persuasion every one was dressed to leave. We left in ten cars, which were decked with roses. . Most of the guests had already reached The whole place was tastefully decorated with red rose and petals. Our Son-in -law ,is a perfectionist. The Baraat reached on the dot. On the entrance there was another ceremony called "Milni". The close relatives of the boy and the girl were introduced.They weregiven a red carpet welcome.The boy and the girl were led to the altar. It was tastefully illuminated and decorated with red roses.A priest was already present. He recited mantras from holy scriptures . The groom and the bride took seven rounds of the holy fire.(Pheras). After the Pheras Kanyadaan ceremony was performed The priest explained the significance of all the rituals. On the conclusion of the marriage, dinner was served. It was time for the departure(bidai) of the baraat with the bride. This is an emotional, solemn and sober occasion., when the girl leaves her parental home. From the Pandaal up to the car, the passage was decorated with red roses All the relatives were given red petals. As the the bride and groom moved towards the car, they were showered with red petals.
My daughter is a very lovable and emotional child. Till today she has safely preserved the red petals.
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