Some call them foes, some call them bros, some say, they always fight, some say, together they can make the world bright. Whatever is the world’s perception of them, one can’t deny this…
There is ‘Ram” in “Muharram” and Ali in “Diwali.”
Believe it or not.
Some of the Hindu and Muslim wedding traditions are also the same. Let’s view some of these traditions right now.
Mehendi ceremony – Temporary Tattoo before the marriage
From the bronze age to the digital age, henna nights or Mehendi ceremonies are celebrated and are part of the Indian, Arab, Somalian, and Israeli weddings. Henna oozes out from the tip of the cone and lands on the hands or the legs of the bride and groom. With swift turns and curves, it creates a lovely design and it looks like a temporary tattoo after it has dried. In certain Hindu sects, even the groom applies the Mehendi. While in Indian Muslim weddings, both the groom and bride apply the Mehendi on their hands or legs.
Haldi Ceremony – Playing Turmeric holi with the bride and groom
Call it ubtan, mandha, tel baan, Mangala Snanam, Haldi Matkor or haldi ki rasam, this ceremony is common amongst both Hindu and Muslim weddings. The bride and the groom wear yellow colored clothes. Their relatives dip their hands in the turmeric mix and then apply it on the face, legs or the hands of the bride and the groom. This ceremony welcomes good luck, repels negative energy, spreads the glow of happiness and enhances the appearance of the skin.
Band Baaja Baarat – Welcome the groom with pride
The groom feels like a Shahensha (King) when he rides on a horse or arrives in a car to the wedding venue. He is surrounded by an army of guests. They are given a warm welcome by the family of the bride. The groom steps down; walks towards the venue, and from there on the wedding ceremony starts commencing.
Vidaai and Rukhsat ceremony – Emotional goodbye to the bride
Harvesting every moment of happiness, the parents of the bride’s family bid goodbyes to their daughter. Almost each member of the family ends up in tears. It’s almost like giving their heart away to the groom’s family. The bride experiences multiple emotions at the same time. On one hand, she is happy to become a part of the new family. But on the other hand, she is sad to leave her parents who have always treated her like a princess of their kingdom.
Reception or Walima – Meet, Pose and Eat
After the wedding is solemized, it is the couple’s first public appearance. They hold each other’s hands, walk down the aisle, and climb the staircase of the stage. Friends and family members grace the occasion, extend their warm wishes, and pose for photographs. This is soon followed by a tasty treat for them. The entire ceremony is arranged by the groom’s family in both Muslim and Hindu weddings.
In spite of numerous cultural divisions, we are bonded by similar ceremonies.
Hindu, Muslim and Unity are incomplete without “U” and “I.”
So, let’s respect each other’s diversity, and celebrate it with a sense of equality.