Sunday, 17 January 2016

Importance of Barat in Indian Wedding

Indian Wedding Baraat

Wedding Barat usually comes with the groom at the bride’s place on the Big Day. The Barat comprises of Dulha (Groom), his relatives, friends and guests from his side. Barat proceeds from the groom’s house to go to bride’s place/ wedding venue. The Barat is in the form of a procession and the groom is sitting on the Horse, Baghi (Horse Carriage) or Elephant. In the whole Barat, the groom is the focus of all the eyes around and therefore he is dressed immaculately to look at his best.

The groom is well dressed in Sherwani or kurta-churidaar or indo-western suit or any other suit depending upon his preferences. Before the Barat leaves his house, guests put Tilak on his forehead and garland while blessing him to come back with the bride to carry a happy married life. Barat procession is organized in a grand manner with Band, Dhol and Atishbazi (Firework). During evenings, proper lights and decoration also take place around the Barat to bring glitter. The Baraatis – both ladies and gents dance to the tune of latest songs and are found in complete joy.

Wedding Baraatis

The procession finally reaches brides place / wedding venue where the Barat is welcomed by bride’s family. At this time, extra energy comes in Baraatis and they all dance in full spirits. They take much time to even reach to the wedding stage from the entry point even the distance in actual terms is very small. Guests while dancing offer currency notes to Band / Dhol party people to celebrate those moments.

Indian Wedding Baraatis

On reaching wedding stage, Groom is welcomed by bride’s family. The mother of bride applies Tilak on the forehead of groom while performing a brief Aarti. This event is participated by very close friends and relatives of both the families. Once this ceremony is over, the groom is guided for the next Jai-mala Ceremony on the same stage or at a specially made platform which may be in many shapes, designs or theme.

Wedding Barat in India