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History of Engagement Ceremonies

November 15, 2017
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Engagement ceremony is traditionally called ‘Sagai’ or ‘Mangani’ in India. This important pre-wedding ceremony is conducted during the 3-4 days period of the wedding or months before the wedding. The bride and groom exchange rings during the engagement while other ceremonies and rituals are performed to make it more exciting. The engagement ceremony is deeply rooted in our Indian history and culture. The history of engagement ceremonies performed in different parts of India is quite interesting. It is very important to know the significance of the ceremony which brings together the bride and groom forever. Here is the beautiful history of engagement ceremonies you must know!

It is the verbal or formal announcement of wedding :

When the families of bride and groom decide to tie the knot and agree to all terms and conditions, the marriage is fixed and is announced through the engagement ceremonies. In different states of India, the engagement ceremonyis performed for the declaration or confirmation of wedding!

In Marathi Tradition, the engagement ceremony is known as ‘Shakhrpuda’. During this ceremony, the parents of the groom gift a pack of sugar to the bride and the bride’s parents offer a coconut and a rupee coin to the groom. This shows the acceptance of groom and bride by the families.

The engagement ceremony generally takes place at the home of bride/ groom or at a lavish venue, as per decided by the families. During the ceremony, the bride gets dressed into a beautiful lehenga, complemented with different jewelry while the groom dresses up into a kurta, dhoti or any ethnic outfit.

In Gujarat, people call engagement as ‘sagai’. During the ceremony, the bride is offered some clothes, sweets, coconut, jewelry, and gifts from the groom’s family. The ring ceremony is performed after the gift exchange and then, a huge feast is enjoyed!

In some regions, it is not compulsory for the bride and her mother to stay present at the engagement venue. Different fruits, different gifts, sweets etc are shared by both the family members and relatives and the marriage is sealed.

Thus, the engagement showcases the finalization of wedding and acceptance of the bride and groom. The ceremony binds the family members and is a general introduction.Even now, in many regions of India, the engagement ceremony is the very first meeting/ introduction of the bride and groom. The bride and groom do not see each other before the engagement and thus, they are introduced during this ceremony!

Ring exchange ceremony-Connection of 2 hearts! :

This is the ceremony which is more than formal announcement of marriage. The ceremony of ring exchange is a quite romantic ceremony which connects the bride and groom with a ring! It is believed that the veins of the ring finger directly reach the heart. Thus, through the rings, the bride and groom are connected to each other’s hearts forever!

A wedding is not just a bond between the bride and groom but is also a bond between 2 families. The initial decisions of a new relationship are made by the family members during the engagement. Thus, this is the ceremony for the families and the bride and groom to begin a new relationship!

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