Wedding Customs

Sikhism is one of the youngest religions in the world. It is thus practiced with a large degree of uniformity even though the Sikh population is spread all across the globe. The essence of a Sikh wedding is the Anand Karaj ceremony, which literally translates as Blissful Union and is performed at the Gurudwara of the main place of worship in Sikhism. While the Anand Karaj is rather a straightforward and homogenous ceremony, a traditional Sikh wedding incorporates a lot of preparations which make it a highly colorful and festive affair.

Engagement ceremony

Bengalis are a distinct linguistic community originating from the eastern part of India and the neighboring country of Bangladesh. The wedding traditions of Bengalis may have some differences according to caste, religion and region but essentially all Hindu Bengali weddings are marked by certain common customs.

Bengali matchmaking

Wedding customs are one of the primary cultural signifiers of a community. Rites and rituals associated with weddings are so steeped in the religious, cultural and anthropological values of the community that they are bound to seem strange and even at times bizarre to people from other parts of the world. Here are a few instances of wedding customs which figure quite high on the scale of the unique and the unusual.

England

Africa is an entire continent that includes a multiplicity of religions, tribes and ethnicities. Thus wedding customs are bound to differ from one region and community to another. And yet there are certain wedding traditions that are popularly recognized as part of African traditions and which are practiced by African-origin people elsewhere in the world as a link to their ancestral culture.

Decking up of the bride

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