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It is not just the Banarasi saree or Shakha-Pola-Loha that attracts us to the Bengali wedding culture. But, the wide-ranging rituals and delicious cuisines are of equal importance for a traditional Bengali wedding.
Aai Budo Bhaat: Call it The Last Supper!
Aai Budo Bhaat is a pre-wedding ritual where the bride eats her last meal as an unmarried girl at her parent’s house. It is a celebratory night dedicated solely to the bride. The same ritual takes place at the groom’s home.
This is another pre-wedding ritual that takes place at the dawn of the wedding day. Seven married women adorn the hands of the bride with the traditional Shakha-Pola. Both the bride and the groom, separately visit a pond and take the blessing of Goddess Ganga and bring home a pitcher filled with water from that pond.
Saat Paak & Subho Dristi
Bengalis have their way of creating an aura of romance, even in the form of a wedding ritual. The bride sits on a piri and is carried to the wedding mandap by her brothers (or uncles). After that, the men take the bride and walk around the groom seven times. All the while, the bride keeps her eyes covered with beetle leaves. After the seven rounds, the bride removes the beetle leaves and sees the groom for the first time on the day of the wedding.
Sampradan is an emotional wedding ritual when the eldest male member of the family hands over the bride to the groom. Meanwhile, the couple’s hands are tied together with a thread as the pandit recites the mantras.
This post-wedding ritual takes place at the groom’s abode. A plate consisting of alta and milk is placed at the threshold of the house. The bride stands on it and walks into the house as her mother-in-law welcomes her.
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