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Gujarati matrimony


									Marriage has always been given the status of festivals in India. Marriages in India are
considered as the most important ceremonies in the family. This is one occasion, in
which all the members of the family, come together and celebrate the happiest
moment, in the lives of the bride and groom. Everyone has a very positive approach
towards matrimony process in India, as it binds two souls for lifetime. The respect,
which the Indians and Indian families have towards the marriage culture, is also
immense and they make it a point, that the marriage ceremony happening in their
family is in accordance to the rituals and norms of their ancestors and that their values
are properly transferred. Therefore, elders are considered to be the most important
source of transmission of values from one generation to other. They hold the
responsibility of seeing that the marriage ceremonies are performed with all the
cultures and rituals.
  India is a country, blessed with number of religions and cultures, due to which one
can see huge ways in which the marriage ceremonies are performed. Matrimonies in
India, are performed according to the rituals and ceremonies of the respective religion
or community to which the bride and groom belongs. The marriages of different
cultures and communities and can be identified from the food, rituals, ceremonies, the
make up and the dresses worn by the bride and groom. One community, which is most
popular for its food and their ethnicity, is Gujarati. The people of Gujarat are known
to be highly cautious about their cultures and rituals.
  Gujarati matrimonies are full of pop and show, as the state holds the pride of being
the richest part of the country. Colourful people, with warmth and love in their
behaviour, and great perfection in every task they perform, are few of the attributes,
which remarks the personality of Gujaratis. The Gujarati matrimonies are therefore
highly colourful with full of ritual dance forms and food items. The marriages in
Gujarat as in other parts of India are full of ritual ceremonies and lots of prayers and
idol worship. Praying to god for the happiness of the bride and groom’s married life is
the first thing, which can be observed in any of the Indian marriages. Most of the
Gujarati matrimonies can be seen happening within the same community. They prefer
marrying their son or daughter in a Gujarati family only.
  The very first ritual in Gujarati matrimony is the worship of the Lord Ganesha. This
is to seek the blessings of the God and wish for the life long happiness of the bride
and the groom. The Gujarati bride is usually dressed in a red saree, and the Gujarati
groom is traditionally supposed to wear a dhoti- kurta. Following the puja of lord
Ganesha, the engagement, mehandi, sangeet ceremonies and a lot other rituals are
performed, after which the final day of marriage arrives. Marriage day is the most
special day in the life of every bride and groom. This is one day, for which every boy
and girl waits for his life. It is supposed to be the most memorable day in life of every
human being.
  In case of Gujarati matrimonies also, the day is very precious for all, the bride,
groom, and their families. Varmala, kanyadan, and few other ceremonies are
performed, after which Gujarati bride and groom takes four mangal pheras, the scared
circles around the goddess of fire, post which the bride and groom gets tied in the
lifelong relation of marriage. After tying the wedding knot, the bride moves towards
her new life with the Gujarati groom in his house. Thereafter, they are handled with
the responsibilities of taking care of each other for the rest of their lives.

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