Indian weddings are recognised for larger than life decoration and funfilled customs. Every ritual conducted during an Indian wedding has importance and a reason behind its occurrence. One such tradition of great importance is the ‘Haldi Ceremony. This ritual also happens to be among the most loved pre-wedding rituals as it is filled with fun and flair, resulting in tons of beautiful memories to treasure.
During the haldi ceremony, the bride and groom are enveloped in turmeric paste. A paste made with turmeric (Haldi), sandalwood, and curd is rubbed upon the bride and groom before a ceremonial bath. Turmeric has been famous for its healing and anti-inflammatory properties and holds a special place and significance in Hindu weddings.
Vital Elements To The Classic Haldi Paste
The Haldi paste is the main ingredient of this ceremony, and therefore preparing it best is of utmost significance as it will be applied and coated on the groom and the bride. There is no place for error. The paste made on this day is mentioned by various names over all states and caste. Mandha, Tel Baan, and Ubtan are a few titles given to this Haldi paste, depending on regions and conditions.
Curious to know the right paste? Mix Haldi (Turmeric) with fresh rose water, sandalwood powder (Chandan), milk, mustard oil, almond powder. Combine all of the ingredients well to get a batter with a thick consistency.
The Hindus hold and believed that the colour yellow is auspicious as per rituals & traditions. It is applied to the bride & groom before they commence a new chapter in their life. It is thought that this bright and vibrant colour will bring them good luck and prosperity.
When applied to unmarried people, this sacred paste is believed to bring them a good fate in marriage for the future. The old stories also say that when this holy paste is applied to the face & the body of an unmarried person, they will soon find a befitting life partner.
The Haldi ceremony is a custom that is done by both the bride and the groom. This ceremony usually takes place a day before the actual wedding celebration. This ritual is conducted in the morning where the fresh Turmeric paste is applied to the bride’s and groom’s body, covering the face, neck, hand, and legs with the help of mango leaves. A ceremonial bath follows this ritual for the bride & groom.
Significance Of Haldi Ceremony
There are ample beliefs and significance of this ritual is performed at Indian weddings. From warding off the evil eye to glowing up to couples’ skin and leading to good luck, the listing could go on and on. A few other significance of this ceremony is listed below.
Skin Beautification: Haldi has various unique properties that are assumed to be good for the skin. Applying Haldi on the skin will help prevent acne formation on the bride and groom’s face. It works as an excellent exfoliating agent that will remove all the dead skin and works as a good detoxifier for the skin.
Soothing Feeling: Haldi has a property that helps to ease nervousness. Bride’s and grooms may face wedding anxiety and stress before their big day. Haldi helps them relax their minds.
Auspicious Colour: As per Hindu traditions, the yellow colour brings prosperity into the newlyweds’ lives. Hence, the haldi ceremony always decorated with yellow flowers.
Keeps Evil Charm Away: It is believed that the Haldi ceremony is performed to ward off the evil charm away from the couple. The bride and groom must not step out of the house after the Haldi ceremony. It is done due to the fear of a bad omen.
Funfilled Ceremony: A Haldi ceremony is a fun-filled affair. Many friends and family members await this ceremony as it includes a lot of fun, laughter, and dancing.
Do’s and Don’ts To Keep In Mind
Make your Haldi ceremony the most memorable by keeping it a hassle-free and enjoyable event. So, Check the list of a few things while planning the event.
- Decide to make a guest list for the Haldi ceremony.
- The Haldi ceremony is usually conducted at home, but considering the number of people, it is ideal for picking an outdoor venue for this ceremony.
- Choose the decor, props, and theme for the ceremony. Keep the set and props.
- Create a fun-filled playlist and hand it over to DJ to get fun vibes.
- Arrange a few fun games arranged for the family and the friends to make it fun. Keep it as a surprise element.
- Shortlist a fresh, refreshing and light menu for the event.
Impress The Guest
The people and your partner are always invited to be a part of this wedding celebration as they are who you want around you during your happy and sad times. So, they deserve a “Thank you” for being with you and a part of the memorable day. Here are a few ideas you can prepare to surprise them.
- Unique favour bag/souvenir
- Floral, thread jewellery or Gota, for the bride tribe.
- Face packs with fancy or creative packaging
- Witty and fun photobooths
- Quirky props for all the selfie addicts
- Floral Tiara’s for the gorgeous women
The colour of Dresses can be:
- Splash of Colours
- The Perfect Blend of Shades
- Floral Accessories
- Vibrant Beauty
- Contrast for the Win!
- Simple and Cute
- Go For An All Yellow Outfit
The Haldi ceremony is custom coated with love, fun, emotions, and lots of harmony and dancing. It is a run-up to the most-awaited momentous day. This ceremony is one of the most significant ones that symbolises the commencement of the grand wedding arrangement. In this ritual, the family and friends shower the bride-to-be and the groom-to-be with lots of happiness and togetherness. All the ladies, while applying the paste, bless him/her for a happy married life.