Wedding celebrations in India are elaborate affairs spanning many days, even after the main ceremonies get over irrespective of religions. Muslims constitute a significant percentage of the Indian population and their marriage celebrations are in no way less in pomp and glamour as compared to other communities. Muslim marriages follow a plethora of rituals right from the announcement of the marriage till the post-wedding phase. Here, we will discuss the post-wedding rituals of a traditional Muslim marriage.
There are four post-wedding rituals in Islamic marriages that have been listed below:
Rukshat means departure in Urdu. This is the ceremony in which the bride, bids adieu to her parents and other family members on completion of the nikah ceremony. This ceremony is loaded with emotion as the bride is given a tearful farewell. Father of the bride places the hands of his daughter on the hands of the groom and asks him to make a promise that he will take good care of his daughter and protect her.
Welcoming the new bride
The bride is welcomed by her mother-in-law at the entrance of her new home by raising the Quran over her head. This is done to invoke Allah’s blessings on her and protect her from evil. Traditional games are arranged by the family members of the groom such as placing a ring in a bowl filled with a mixture of milk and water which needs to be retrieved by the couple. The one who finds the ring first is believed to be in a dominant position in the relationship.
Another traditional game is the untying of the ganas or the thick strings tied to the wrists of the couple. One who unties it first is the winner. These games are aimed at making the bride more comfortable in the house. The bride is also treated to a sweet dessert which is fed to her by the groom. The groom is also required to wash the feet of the bride followed by the sprinkling of water in all corners of the house. This is an important post-wedding ritual in Muslim marriages.
Chauthi ceremony is an important ritual in Muslim marriages which takes place either the day after or on the fourth day after the wedding ceremony. In this, the bride visits her parental home with her husband for the first time after marriage. The newlyweds are treated to a feast organized by the bride’s family and showered with gifts. The gifts are a symbol of love and blessings for the couple.
Walima is a grand feast organized by the groom’s family for relatives and friends. This is also known as Dawat-e-Walimah. This feast is held to make a formal announcement of the marriage and welcome the bride in the house. The bride is formally introduced to all the relatives and friends akin to my dikhai in Hindu marriages. The couple is given presents by all the relatives and friends. Walima ceremony in Muslim marriages is organized to signify the union of two families into a single entity.
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