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A Wedding in Mumbai

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Wedding celebrations in INDIA are not only a kaleidescope of vibrant color, but a reverence for centuries old traditions where Indian families gather for celebrations lasting up to five days.

I’ve always been fascinated with the traditions of Indian weddings and wanted to share this gorgeous wedding editorial with you courtesy of Vogue India.

Indian weddings begin with a Misri or ring ceremony confirming the engagement. Next is the Mehendi where a ladies-only tea is celebrated with henna being applied to the bride’s hands and feet. The day before the wedding, a priest performs a Nav-Graha Puja where prayers are offered at the bride’s and groom’s homes. During the blessing relatives offer the parents flowers and money before the bride and groom put on old clothes so that relatives can rip them off to symbolize the end of their single lives. On the Wedding Day, brides are cleansed with turmeric powder before their female relatives dress them in their wedding sari. The groom arrives at the bride’s home and the couple departs for the wedding together. The wedding ceremony is traditional with prayers and gifts being offered to the bride and groom.

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