“Guzar gaye who pal
Jo Eid-e-Fitr the laye
Badh chuka waqt aage
Nikah ki ghadi ke saamne
Moujood hai sab
Aj teri khidmat me
Na bhulane denge kabi
Ye pal jo churaye hain
After the month of fasting, Ramadan, the season of marriages paces up for our Muslim friends. We have been under the impression that these marriages are boring but they can never be boring. Keep reading to know it all!
Muslim families have started to explore and widen their approach towards marriage. They have now become open to ideas and absorb the changing trends that our society is facing now.
Since their culture is different and variant, their marriages are totally different from the other cultures that we see in our country. Moving down the trail, we see their customs are pretty similar to what we have. The rituals begin from the engagement which is called Mangni, followed by the turmeric ceremony, Manjha, where the bride is applied turmeric by her married friends. It is followed by a last ritual of applying henna tattoos on the bride’s hands and legs.
We always think about Mughals when we think about our Muslim friends. Why not try a Mughal theme for the Nikah. Mughals brought a variance in the taste of celebration and the delicacies of food. They shared an all-together different lifestyle with us.
The Mughals were known for their gazebos, too. We will try to inculcate that element in our décor. The décor for the Manjha ritual is in a mandap which makes it pitch dark inside. We have chandeliers and candles to light up the place. The décor consists of mostly the marigolds, matching the ceremony’s element, turmeric. The to-be bride enters in a doli made from the marigolds and covering her by the curtains. The sitting has the royal seats to seat all guests.
The henna tattoo ceremony famously known as the Mehndi ceremony is usually accompanied by Sangeet ceremony. The colors for this ceremony mainly include green, the color of henna. This ceremony is usually taken care of by the ladies of household and female friends. The ceremony can be conducted indoors while the males await them outside. The indoors can be created by the mandap and lit with lamps and chandeliers. The to-be bride is welcomed by a small performance. She is seated in the center with the mirrors surrounding her. This makes everyone able to watch the ceremony closely.
The males are seated outside in several gazebos provided with hookah pipes. They are entertained by the mujra performances and live singers.
And finally the moment arises where she is going to attach someone’s name to her name and be born again as a daughter of the groom’s family.
The men and women are separated by the curtains in middle, in an open outdoor space. The water in middle separates the men and women on both sides. When the Nikah is performed and the bride and the groom qubool to be husband and wife, the curtains drop and they watch each other in the water in middle.
It’s celebration time, Walimah, the lavish reception for the newlyweds. With all so special wedding, it deserves a special entry. The bride and groom enter on a flying Kaleen. While they surprise the audience by their entry, they’re surprised by the flower shower from the helicopter above.
The guests are made to be received by the live red carpet. A lady is wearing the carpet and standing tall on the entrance to welcome all.
Allah is jore ko barqat de!
”Humara chand aj khila hai
Uska noor tum pe chhaya hai.
Khwahish puri hui humari,
Jo aj aap huye humare.”