Traditional Bengali Marriage Celebration
We bring a fresh perspective filled with creativity and customization in the design and decor while we organize Bengali marriages. Bengali weddings are always exciting since the rituals and ceremonies involved are very elaborate. The culture has plenty of pre and post-nuptial rituals that gives everyone attending the opportunity to know one another and have a good time. The rituals are very meaningful and have interesting symbolism behind it. Bengali marriages take place very often as Goa is a highly sort after destination for beach ceremonies.
The ceremony begins with a pre-wedding ritual known as the ‘Vrishi Puja’. This puja is dedicated to the memory of the ancestors of the bride and the groom. This is followed by the ‘Dodhi Mangal’ ceremony that involves bathing of the bride and groom by ten married women of the family after which they are fed traditional Bengali delicacies. The couple is then asked to be seated on ‘Piris’ where both the families exchange greetings and gifts. The ‘Gae Halud Tattva Birchwood’ is then performed where the in-laws of the bride present her with gifts.
Following this, the ‘Snal’ ritual begins where turmeric along with sandalwood is applied to the couple by the women of the family. Soon after, the bride and groom are asked to bathe and are presented with new clothes to wear for the occasion. The bride wears a traditional outfit called the ‘Sankha Poranas’. Sandalwood paste is applied to her face along with ornaments and her bridal crown.
Once the bride is ready, she proceeds to a ‘mandap’ that is decorated with fresh flowers, lights and two banana leaves. A traditional Rangoli made of rice powder is prepared near the Mandap as well.
The welcoming of the groom marks the beginning of the rituals. As the groom walks towards the Mandap, an elderly lady from the family performs the ‘baran dala’. The Baran dala is a ritual where a plate is touched to the forehead of the groom and then to the ground and repeated a few times followed by the serving of sherbet and sweets.
Rose water is sprinkled which symbolises purity as the groom enters the house. This is followed by the ‘Shubdhi Drishti’ ritual where the bride and groom see each other for the first time during the entire ceremony.
The ‘Mala Badal’ ceremony is next. This involves the exchange of garlands between the bride and the groom. As a part of this ritual, the ‘Saat Paak ‘ceremony takes place where the brothers of the bride lift her on a wooden plank which she is seated upon and take her around the groom seven times which symbolises their union.
This is followed by the uncles (both paternal and maternal) performing the ‘Sampradhan’ ritual signifying the family giving away the bride to the groom. Our team plays fine attention to cultures and traditions in while organizing a Bengali wedding. Once you inform us on about the type of rituals you would like to have, we discuss the ceremonies you will be performing in accordance to your religious and cultural background and then accordingly arrange it at the venue of your choosing.
The ‘Basar Ghar’ ceremony takes after the ‘Sampradhan’ ritual. This is a post marriage ritual where the couple is treated to sweets and scrumptious food. This concludes the rituals for the day.
The next day, the groom applies vermilion to the bride’s forehead in a ritual called the ‘Bashi Biye’. The bridal ceremony takes place where the bride bids adios and leaves for her marital home.
Once here, she dips her feet in a mixture of lac dye and milk, to leave a footprint as she enters the home for the first time followed by eating her first meal at her new home in a ritual called the ‘Bou Bhat’ ceremony.