What are the various rituals in a Sindhi wedding?

Marriage is a solemn affair which not only unites two people but also two families. A Sindhi wedding is a wedding packed with numerous rituals.

Rituals In Sindhi Wedding

1. Pakki Mishri: Ring ceremony used to take place a few months before the wedding. But due to the busy schedule these days, it sometimes takes place on the wedding day itself. It is called Pakki Mishri.

2. Dev Bithana: This is not only probably related to Sindhi wedding, but also to other castes. Lord Ganesha and other sacred idols are placed on a wooden stool called 'Chakki'. It is believed that God will take care of any hurdle that might trouble the wedding. The bride and the groom are not allowed to leave the house until the whole wedding is completed.

3. Lada: It is the Sindhi Ladies Sangeet. The name is after the traditional songs that are sung along with dholak in high pitch by the ladies of the house and the neighborhood. It is usually conducted at the groom's place where even the bride's family is invited.

4. Tih: A day prior to the wedding, some 'Shubh Samagri' like rice, coconut, etc. is taken by the bride's guardian to groom's place and a 'puja' is conducted then.

5. Santh: This pre-wedding ritual involves seven women pouring oil in the center of a partition of bride's hair.

6. Mehndi: This again takes place a day before the wedding.

7. Baaraat: The groom's wedding procession to the bride's house.

8. Swagat: As the name suggests, it refers to welcome of the family of the groom by the bride's family.

9. Jaimala: There is an exchange of fresh garlands between the bride and the groom.

10. Four Pheras: Wedding vows are taken.

11. Vidai: The bride is led to the groom's house after 'vidai'.

12. Datar: The bride and the groom have to exchange salt three times without dropping any after the bride sprinkles milk in all the four corners of the house.

13. Sataurah: The newly wedded couple visits the bride's house post-wedding.