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Malayalee Wedding

Pre-wedding customs

Pre-wedding customs are significant to Malayalee wedding. In a Malyalee custom the most important part of the wedding is the Muhurtham, Nischayam and the Traditional Feast.

Muhurtham

It is a ritual in Malyalee wedding after the parents on both sides have sought an alliance then, as a ritual of a Malyalee wedding is to match the horoscopes of the of the couple before their marriage in order to see whether they are compatible or not. After the horoscope matches, the parents of the prospective bride and groom settle on an auspicious time called 'Muhurtham' to carry out the engagement and wedding ceremonial under the supervision of a family astrologer.

Nischayam

Nischayam is the engagement ceremony when the family members of the bride and groom gather for the engagement ceremony of the to-be-wed bride and groom, where officially the marriage is announced to all the near and dear ones during the time of engagement and this takes place at the ancestral home of the bride.

Traditional Feast

A traditional feast is held one day prior to the wedding when the bride’s family members serve up conventional foods to groom’s parents and relatives, as a custom the bride has to sit facing the east, and she along with the whole family partake in the five-course vegetarian meal with all the members of the family .After the sumptuous meal is over, the bride and groom seeks blessings from all the elders and relatives in the family.

Wedding day customs

Wedding day customs are short and simple and it generally conducted in the wee hours of the morning. A Malyalee wedding is to be conducted at the maternal house of the bride,but now a day’s weddings are held in grand hotels, luxurious marriage halls, etc .The wedding venue needs to be near a temple,so that all the rituals can be conducted. The rituals conducted during the time of a Malyalee wedding include Madhuparkam Veli or Nuptial Ceremony.

Madhuparkam

The first custom performed on the day of the wedding is when the groom comes with the Baraat, to meet the bride and the bride's father cleanses his feet to symbolises that he accepts the groom with all his heart,and then the groom gifts a white sari to the parents of the bride,which the bride wears at the time of the wedding.

Veli or Nuptial Ceremony

After the Madhuparkam,the Nuptial ceremony follows. During this custom, the bride & groom goes around and sits beside each other. The groom then ties the mangalsutra or thaali around the bride’s neck. After that the couple exchanges garlands and bouquets with each other under the command of the priest,after the ritual is over the father of the bride gives his daughter's hand to the groom,and this custom is known as Kanyaadan.The bride and groom go around the mandapam three times and then sit down. This is followed by the another ceremony called the sindoor daan where the groom applies vermillion on the hair partition of the bride and the bride applies chandan on the groom’s forehead. Soon after that the newly wedded couple touches the feet of their parents and seeks blessings from them for a happy married life. To complete the occasion a lot of traditional dishes are prepared .

Post wedding customs

Malyalee weddings are not complete without, Grihapravesham which means a traditional feast is organised for the relatives and friends of the bride. Grihapravesham is the custom when the bride is cordially welcomed at the house of the groom by his family members and relatives. As soon as the bride arrives, her sister-in-law carries on ‘aarti’ at the entrance of the house. The couple then indulges in eating a sweet dish prepared with banana &milk by the elderly folk, as a part pf the custom.

Traditional Feast: The traditional feast which is organised by the groom family. The bride is then introduced to all the friends and relatives of the groom, and the bride & groom seeks the blessings of all, and the families are congratulated on the auspicious occasion, and a buffet of Kerala cuisines is prepared to grace the occasion.

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