August 23, 2021

Haldi Ceremony – A Fun Celebration in Indian Weddings

Haldi is the most beneficial spice in every Indian kitchen. Its importance and usefulness can be found deep within the Hindu tradition. It holds a special position in Indian weddings in the form of the Haldi Ceremony. 

Significance of Haldi Ceremony

This ceremony is performed on the morning of the wedding day. One of the main reasons for applying Haldi paste to the bride and groom is to nourish their skin and get rid of dead skin and infections, which gives them a natural glow for the wedding. A paste of Haldi (turmeric), water, curd, oil and sandalwood is put on the bride and groom by their respective families. Haldi ceremony is the most fun-filled ritual of the Indian wedding. Close family members and friends apply the Haldi paste on the arms, neck, legs and face of the bride and groom. This is followed by a ceremonial bath with a mix of milk, rose water and sandalwood paste. Performing this pious act protects the bride and groom from any evil eye and blesses them for a long and happy marriage.

Bride in Haldi Ceremony

Bride Hands in Yellow on a Haldi Ceremony

Paint the Town Yellow

India, being a multi-cultural country celebrates this ceremony in different ways. While Bengalis call it Gaaye Holud, in Punjabi culture, it is merged with the Chooda ceremony and in Telugu Wedding, it is termed as Nalugu. The decor for this ceremony is strictly restricted to yellow colour, resonating the vibrancy and auspiciousness of the Haldi. 

Bride in Yellow on Haldi Ceremony

An Indian Bride in Yellow on Haldi Ceremony

Today’s modern bride and groom choose to wear yellow-hued outfits for this ceremony. It is primarily a yellow kurta pajama for the groom while the bride can pick anything; from a yellow coloured leheriya saree, lehenga with a spaghetti top, or sleeveless kurta paired with a sharara or palazzo; accessorized with pretty floral jewellery. At Fabricoz, we have a curated selection of ethnic wear Indian clothing for different wedding ceremonies.

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