The haldi ceremony is a pre-wedding ritual that is religiously followed all across the country and is observed a couple of days before the wedding ceremony. The ritual is held at both the bride and the groom's place separately, usually in their respective homes. Today, we will see what the haldi ceremony really is and its significance in an Indian wedding.
The ceremony gets its name from the application of haldi or turmeric that happens during the ritual. The importance given to turmeric in Indian kitchens and rituals is phenomenal, thanks to the host of health benefits that it offers. Haldi is not just used to add taste and colour to food, but it also bears significant religious importance.
The most important component of the haldi ceremony is the 'haldi paste' that is made by mixing turmeric, sandalwood powder and rose water to form a fragrant mixture that is applied on the body. Elderly ladies in the family apply this paste on the hands, feet, arms, legs and face of the bride and the groom and bless them as they gear up for their big day. The event is replete with lots of music, fun and tasty food before the madness of the wedding festivities begin!
Significance of the Haldi Ceremony
To Ward off Evils
Haldi is said to ward off the evil eye as per religious texts. Application of the haldi is said to protect the bride and the groom from any bad omen that might harm them before their big day. It is for the same reason that the bride and the groom are prohibited from stepping outside once the haldi ceremony is over. After this, they only get to go out on the day of the wedding.
As a Symbol of Blessings
The ladies who apply the haldi paste on the couple also shower them with blessings of a happy and healthy married life - something that is considered invaluable as the couple sets off to begin a new life with each other.
Turmeric, according to ancient Hindu texts is said to have purification powers. Application of the paste cleanses the body and the soul of the couple that is going to be tied into holy matrimony. It marks an auspicious start to a new life together with a pure heart and soul.
For the Glow
All said and done, the haldi ceremony also has 'actual tangible' benefits as well! The paste that is applied during the haldi ceremony is a strong antiseptic that prevents acne and pimples. It also sloughs off dead skin to reveal glowing skin underneath. What's more, the faint yellow stain left behind by the turmeric gives you an ethereal glow that is both beautiful and divine.
The haldi ceremony is one of the most exciting and important pre-wedding ceremonies during the wedding. If you are the bride-to-be, then be sure to enjoy the event and seek blessings from all the elders to ensure that your wedding is smooth and stress-free.