• Garba and Raas

    Garba and Raas are the folk dances of Gujarat. Originated as devotional Garba dances, which were performed in the honor of Goddess Durga, this dance form is actually the staging of a mock-fight between the Goddess and Mahishasura, the mighty demon-king. The women wear traditional dresses such as colorful embroidered choli, ghagra and bandhani dupattas dazzling with mirror work and heavy jewellery. The dancers whirl and move their feet and arms in a choreographed manner to the tune of the music with lots of drum beats. During Raas performers use a pair of colorfully decorated sticks as props, the dancers strike the sticks with their partners to the rhythm of the music.

  • Wedding

    The wedding day begins with groom side arriving in a presession dancing and celebrating to the wedding hall. The mother-in-law at the entrance to the wedding hall greets him and performs a small ritual to ward off the evil eye. In a Gujarati marriage ceremony the bride and groom exchange garlands twice. This is known as “Jaimala”. The first time upon arrival to the entrance of the wedding hall, the groom is placed higher than the bride. The second time again at the Mandap but on equal ground. After the groom arrive to the Mandap, the groom’s feet are washed and he is fed honey and milk, this ceremony is called “Madhuparka”. During this time, the bride’s sisters try and steal the groom’s shoes, adding mischief and humour to the ceremony. At the end of the day the groom retrieves his shoes by offering his sister in-laws money.

    The Gujarati custom entails that the bride is then carried to the Mandap by her maternal uncle in a ceremony that is known as “Kanya Agamana”. At this point, the “Antarpat”, the curtain separating the bride and groom, is lowered and the couple again exchange garlands. The wedding rituals are performed in front of a sacred fire and conducted by the hindu priest. The rituals begin with the “Kanya Daan” where in the bride is given away by her parents son-in-law who promises to take good care of their daughter. This ritual is followed by the “Mangalpheras” , when the couple circles the holy fire four times which symbolizes “Dharma”, “Artha”, “Kama” and “Moksha”. The “Sapta Padi” is performed with a variation in which the groom helps the bride touch seven betel nuts with her right toe, while they recite the seven vows. After the ceremony is over the couple take blessings of the elders

  • Reception

    The reception is usually held immediately after the wedding. It is an opportunity for relatives, friends and well wishers to bless the newly weds, enjoy a sumptuous meal with them.


2 Responses to “Events”

  1. Mahesh Says:

    Checking if “leaving reply” works!!

  2. Leanne Says:

    I am so excited for the BIG day!! I love the website, so cute!! See you guys next week!

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