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Tuesday, August 05, 2008

Marriage customs in India

We all have heard about “tying the knot” and in many western countries this refers to ‘marriage’. Do you know what this really means in India? In India also it refers to ‘marriage’ but quite literally.

In many Indian religions, a bridegroom ties a “Thali” (thinly braided yellow thread with a golden locket) around bride’s neck at most auspicious time and it is equivalent to exchange of rings in the western weddings. Younger generation is replacing this thread with a gold chain and hook with a locket.

Indian married women also wear toe rings, which symbolizes their married state. They are made of silver and worn in pairs on the second toe. They are not to be made of Gold as this precious metal commands great respect among Indians and it is not to be worn below their waist. Nowadays unmarried women are wearing toe rings to make a fashion statement and some married women are not interested to wear it altogether.

Feel free to add (in the comments section) if you have more on Indian wedding customs.

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

did not understand what your point is! What is your problem? Let the ladies wear whatever they want! How is this related to adoption?

Ruby said...

My point is to enable those families that have adopted Indian children from other countries to understand what Indian culture is. I reread my post to see if I had expressed any problems and I couldn't find any. If you had read anything in between the lines, that's your problem, not mine.