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1 © David Rashty 2004 (1) An Indian-Israeli Wedding Alice & Shalabh 2004

2 © David Rashty 2004 (2) The groom - Shalabh

3 © David Rashty 2004 (3) The bride - Alice

4 © David Rashty 2004 (4) The mehandi (henna) party – Second day professional mehandiwali (henna artist)

5 © David Rashty 2004 (5) professional mehandiwali (henna artist) The henna is made of green leave that are grounded together with Tea, Coffee, sugar, lemon juice, eucalyptus oil. There are many ways of mixing henna depending on the skin color.

6 © David Rashty 2004 (6) It is mandatory for the bride-to-be to have henna on her hands and feet. The henna is sent by the future mother-in-law of the bride-to-be. A relative, friend or a professional mehandiwali (henna artist) applies henna for the bride-to-be. The ritual is marked by festivity. The girl friends and close female relatives of the bride-to-be sing and dance joyously while the mehandi is being applied to her. The henna is usually left on overnight so that it leaves behind a rich dark hue. After the application ceremony, delicious snacks and meals are served to all present. Alice feet

7 © David Rashty 2004 (7) If the mehandi (henna) mixture for the Mehandi ceremony has already been prepared, at least a small amount of the henna sent by the prospective mother-in-law of the bride-to-be must be added to it.

8 © David Rashty 2004 (8)

9 © David Rashty 2004 (9)

10 © David Rashty 2004 (10)

11 © David Rashty 2004 (11) Mehandi on guests hands

12 © David Rashty 2004 (12) The groom mother

13 © David Rashty 2004 (13) The bride mother Mehandi (henna) and kwar dhoti from the groom's family. The kwar dhoti is a ceremonial gift that must contain gifts for the prospective bride. The gifts include a sari or shawl, a white dhoti for the pandit (priest), makhaana, almonds, dried dates, misri or sugar, mithai, bindi (a stick-on dot to adorn the forehead), oil and cosmetics

14 © David Rashty 2004 (14) The mahindi party

15 © David Rashty 2004 (15)

16 © David Rashty 2004 (16) More henna at the party

17 © David Rashty 2004 (17) Indian and Israeli

18 © David Rashty 2004 (18)

19 © David Rashty 2004 (19) Elush

20 © David Rashty 2004 (20)

21 © David Rashty 2004 (21) Shalabh mother and relatives

22 © David Rashty 2004 (22) One of the Shalabhs uncles

23 © David Rashty 2004 (23) Shalabh at the Mahindi Puja

24 © David Rashty 2004 (24)

25 © David Rashty 2004 (25)

26 © David Rashty 2004 (26) Shalabh father

27 © David Rashty 2004 (27) Welcoming the brides relatives The wedding – 3rd day

28 © David Rashty 2004 (28)

29 © David Rashty 2004 (29) All the Israeli Sari

30 © David Rashty 2004 (30) Alice father with Shaked

31 © David Rashty 2004 (31) Alice brother

32 © David Rashty 2004 (32) Shalabh mother

33 © David Rashty 2004 (33) Dancing at the wedding before the ceremony

34 © David Rashty 2004 (34)

35 © David Rashty 2004 (35) Shalabh father

36 © David Rashty 2004 (36) Shalabh sister

37 © David Rashty 2004 (37)

38 © David Rashty 2004 (38) The Rabbai

39 © David Rashty 2004 (39) A young dancer

40 © David Rashty 2004 (40)

41 © David Rashty 2004 (41)

42 © David Rashty 2004 (42) A drumist

43 © David Rashty 2004 (43)

44 © David Rashty 2004 (44) The father and the Rabbai

45 © David Rashty 2004 (45) Welcoming Shalabh The milni ceremony takes place when the groom's procession reaches the wedding venue. The groom and his relatives are welcomed with flower garlands by the bride's close relatives. The chief aim of this ceremony is to help both sides to get acquainted with each other. The girl's relatives give shagoon to the groom's close relatives, beginning with his grandfather, father, uncles and brothers. The shagoon usually consists of cash and is given to honour the relatives.

46 © David Rashty 2004 (46) Shalabh and Alice in the wedding ceremony

47 © David Rashty 2004 (47) The most important ritual in every Hindu wedding is the Saat Pheras (seven rounds/steps), As per the law, no Hindu wedding is considered complete without the bride and groom taking the seven rounds

48 © David Rashty 2004 (48) The bride and groom exchange garlands during this ceremony. Those present indulge in much teasing and festivity to mark this happy occasion. Often, this ceremony acts as an effective ice- breaker for the nervous bride and her groom

49 © David Rashty 2004 (49) The mahurat or auspicious time for the wedding ceremony is usually set after dinner. When the mahurat approaches, the purohit first performs a puja for the groom. The groom chants a few mantras. This is when the girl's young relatives grab the groom's untended shoes and hide it away to be returned after the ceremony for a fee. The fee - kalecharis - gold for the bride's sisters and silver for her cousins. Once the groom's puja is over, the purohit performs another puja with the couple and their parents. The bride is given away by her father in a ceremony called the kanyadaan.

50 © David Rashty 2004 (50) the pheras (rounds). The bride and groom go around the sacred fire with the bride's sari tied to the groom's pagdi with the help of the red chunni used in the ghara ghardoli ceremony. At the end of the ceremony, the newly-weds touch the feet of the groom's parents and the elders present to take their blessings. The bride changes into the clothes presented by her in-laws, while her relatives apply tilak on the groom's forehead

51 © David Rashty 2004 (51) Alices parents A red chunni, saree or ribbon to be gifted to the bride-to-be by the groom's family along with jewellery. The groom's family presents the bride with gifts like a sari or salwar kameez, footwear, handbag, jewellery, a vanity case containing all her cosmetic requirements, a comb, red paranda (traditional hair decoration), mithai, fruits and dry fruit

52 © David Rashty 2004 (52) The Rabbai reading and chanting…

53 © David Rashty 2004 (53) The red color represents shakti (strength), love as well as blood ! In the ancient Aryan society, a groom used to apply his blood on his brides forehead to signify their wedlock. The existing practice among married Indian women of applying a red Bindi on their forehead could be a throwback to this ancient custom.

54 © David Rashty 2004 (54) puja is performed after the groom dons his wedding attire. His sehra or turban is blessed by his relatives, as is the silver mukut or crown that goes on top of the turban. At the end of the ceremony, those present bless the groom and give him gifts or, more commonly, cash

55 © David Rashty 2004 (55) The bride is dressed by her mother, female relatives and friends amid much gaiety. She may wear a sari or a lehenga in traditional colors like red, orange or magenta. She is adorned with traditional gold jewellery like a nose ring, etc

56 © David Rashty 2004 (56)

57 © David Rashty 2004 (57) End

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