August 15, 2012

The Baraat

In April I attended an Indian wedding for the second time. An Indian wedding is one of a kind and if you ever have a chance, you should definitely attend one! Once again, it's a once in a lifetime experience! Namely, an Indian wedding does not take one day like what we're used to in Europe, but an entire week! Every day, there are one or two ceremonies going on, which start early morning, in the afternoon or in the evening. Moreover, all the youngsters also party in the evenings till early morning. It could be very tiring if you're not used to it, but on the other hand, it's only one week so you better enjoy it to the fullest! Below I'll tell you more about 'The Baraat' including a few photos. 

The Baraat is a ceremony which starts at the home of the groom. From here on, the groom is brought to the wedding venue on a horse. You can call it a procession as all youngsters, family and friends and most often a band and hired dancers follow the horse and dance to music behind it on the way there. Sometimes, closer to the venue, the groom moves from the horse to a beautiful decorated carriage (just like in fairy tales where the prince and princess arrive at an event in a gorgeous carriage) from where they go on with the procession until they reach the entrance of the wedding venue.

Below you can find a photo of some offerings (fruits, sweets, money). Before the procession, a ceremony takes place at the house of the groom to bless him. This is an only family and friends of the groom ceremony as the family and friends of the groom then arrive at the wedding venue where they are welcomed by the family and friends of the bride and celebrate the wedding all together.

It's a national holiday here in Belgium so today I'm having a day off! 
Off to enjoy some mussels and the seaside!