An Indian wedding is a union of two individuals for life. It is a union of two families and a union of two communities. A wedding is a celebration, a festival, and above all it shines with all the colours of a rainbow.
Indian weddings in India are different than in Britain mainly due to the huge difference in the weather, space, facilities and availability of a support network.
Owing to the fact that an Indian wedding is not just a one day event there are several important aspects of the celebration. One of them is music; more specifically, traditional songs. An Indian wedding would not be a wedding without songs. In Britain Indians celebrate with music, mainly Bollywood songs played loudly on DVD. The type of song also varies depending on the event. For example, if it is ‘Mehdi’ (Henna), then songs will be related to henna. Whereas, if event is ‘Sangeet’ and dance then again the songs played will be in line with that.
In India, in ‘Mehdi’ approximately two hundred ladies and 50 children gather in the evening. Food will be served to every one including the male members of the house and once the meal is over the men will be asked to leave. Then a group of singers sing traditional wedding songs beginning with all kinds of songs with many lyrics which are very emotional and moving. Consequently, it is not uncommon for many women to cry. The way on which the singing is arranged is also significant; one person will lead then the remaining ladies will repeat the same line in a chorus.
This could go on for two hours then the young friends of the bride will perform a dance to Bollywood music for hours one after the other. Sometimes even men will enter in ladies costume; wearing saris and sitting at the back. This is the real fun of a wedding. Everyone enjoys the night, including the neighbours! No one complains about this even if it lasts until 3 in the morning. However, if this event takes place till late then your neighbours will be first one to give you hard time unless they have been fed well or unless they are sitting in your party too!
The joy of weddings; the fun and the real charm of the event, especially of Indian weddings is music. Without this it it isn’t a wedding.
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