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Mangalorean Catholic weddings have the rarest ceremonies and different rituals. The ceremonies performed are not seen anywhere. The city is often referred to as the melting pot of culture which includes the western and traditional both. In spite of the fact that Mangalorean Catholic weddings are still a western ritual, the ceremonies performed are very traditional and close to the heart of India. Mangalore was once ruled by the Europeans; hence it has lots of colonial culture with a mix of European culture. A large population of Catholic Christians reside in Mangalore, giving it more of a Vasco da Gama days touch.

Roce

Just a day before the Mangalorean Catholic wedding, the bride and the groom take the last bath comprising oil, spices, honey and various other auspicious ingredients. The bathing ceremony for the bride takes place one day before the wedding while for the groom it is early morning, on the day of the wedding. The yezman initiates this ceremony and all the elders and relatives sing various folk songs and add colours and a vibrant touch to the overall wedding.

Ceremony at home

Before leaving for the wedding, the bride and the groom with their families at their respective home pray for a healthy life for the bride and the groom. The prayer is usually divided into three parts- Introduction Prayer, Our-Father prayer, Concluding/Hymn song. After the prayer, the family gifts the newlywed the jewellery and flowers that would be used for the wedding.

Wedding Day

The wedding usually takes place in a church, but it can take place anywhere, in the presence of a priest. The customs and traditions are very similar to what is followed in a typical Portugal wedding. A typical Mangalorean Catholic wedding starts and ends with a prayer to the Almighty. Everything is similar to any typical Indian wedding when it comes to singing folk songs, eating delicacies and dancing. A day after the wedding, a grand feast is arranged for the guests and relatives.

The grand toast

Like any other Catholic wedding, Mangalorean Catholic wedding has the toasting ceremony where the bridegroom and the best man would stand and introduce the family members. The family members one by one, then give advice for starting the family life based on their experience. After that, the glasses are clinched, directing the guests to finish their drinks and gear up for other ceremonies.

Grand Feasting

On the grand feasting, all guests including relatives and friends come together to congratulate the newlywed and bless the couple for a long happy life. The menu for the grand feast is usually typical Mangalorean cuisine and seafood. The dishes also have a slight resemblance to European cuisines and some dishes are borrowed from its culture as well.

The wedding ceremonies come to an end after this, but for the newlywed, their life has just begun. With everyone’s blessings, they start their new life filled with happiness and love. Mangalorean Catholic weddings exhibit the rich Catholic culture that exists in India.

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