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Punjabi Wedding Ceremony: Sikh Rituals, Traditions & Customs

Lots of Bhangra, Desi foods, and Rum!! That's what an undeniable part of a Punjabi wedding ceremony looks like, isn't it? But No!😉 This is not all that you can explore in Punjabi rituals for marriage. The colorful rituals and extravagant decor make the Punjabi Sikh wedding day the most loved wedding in India. So, we have everything about the Punjabi wedding traditions explained in this blog. Check out!

Is one of your Punjabi friends getting married? And, all you can think this while is about the loud wedding ceremony filled with non-stop dance, fun, drinks, and mouthwatering delicacies, right?

Well, to some point it is true but here we are going to BURST the bubble - the Punjabi wedding ceremony is not just about it! The Punjabi Shaadi rituals signify the cultural heritage of the Sikh community in India and for this fact, the wedding rituals are stipulated with culture, customs, and traditions. 

And, if you are going to attend a Punjabi wedding in Kolkata. Then, be assured that these people leave no stone unturned in hiring the best wedding decorators in Kolkata and the best wedding planners in Kolkata, which makes the event even more GRAND. 🎉🎊

So, get ready to experience the richness of a Punjabi traditional wedding in the best wedding venues in Kolkata , and make sure to get some solo shots clicked with the best wedding photographers in Kolkata at the wedding. 😎

Hindu Punjabi Wedding Ceremony© studiofotome
Punjabi Wedding rituals© studiofotome
Haldi : Sikh Wedding© studiofotome

A List Of Colorful And Traditional Punjabi Wedding Ceremony: Common Rituals That You Must Know About!

  • Roka Ceremony
  • Chunni Ceremony Of The Bride
  • Sagai Or Engagement Ceremony
  • Fun-Filled Sangeet Pre-Wedding Rituals
  • Mehendi Ceremony
  • Kangana Bandhna Ritual
  • Chudha Charana And Kalire Ritual
  • Mayian Or Haldi Ceremony
  • Shehra Bandhna Ritual For The Punjabi Munda
  • Baraat And Ghodi Chorna Ritual
  • Milni Or The Greeting Ceremony
  • Varmala Punjabi Ritual
  • The Madhupek Ritual
  • Kanyadaan Marriage Ceremony
  • Mangal Phera Or The Seven Vows
  • Sindoor Daan Ceremony Ritual
  • Joota Chupai Ritual
  • Doli And Vidaai Ceremony
  • Pag Phera After Wedding Ritual

Pre-Wedding Traditional Ceremony Of Punjabi Weddings

Get yourself hooked as we bring forth the celebratory Punjabi pre wedding rituals in this blog post for you. 

Roka And Thaka Ceremony

As part of the Punjabi wedding rituals, the 'Roka' ceremony implies that the bride and groom should stop looking forward to more marriage prospects. As the wedding decision is going to be finalized by both their families. 

In this special ceremony, the bride's family first visits the groom's place with gifts, sweets, and money to bless the union of the two souls. In response to this, the groom's family too visits the bride's home with 'Shagun' to bless their new daughter-in-law, known as 'Thaka'. 

Thus, marking the sweet start to the Punjabi marriage rituals! 🥰

Punjabi Wedding Ritual Roka© Pinterest
Roka ceremony pic© @WeddingVale Aus

Chunni Ceremony Of The Bride

Among the Punjabi culture wedding festivities, the 'Chunni' ceremony takes place at the bride's home. Where the groom's mother and her relatives put 'Shagun Ka Chunni' or red dupatta on the bride's head to welcome her into their family. 

This is followed by the exchange of gifts, wedding jewelry, and engagement or wedding attire to the bride. 

Chunni Ceremony Photography© @ranveer kaur
Chunni ceremony of a Punjabi bride© @AUKLAND MAKEUP ARTIST

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Sagai Or Engagement Ceremony

Held on the same day of the 'Chunni' ceremony, the 'Sagai' ritual marks the official engagement of the wedding couple along with their families and close ones by their side. 

In this Punjabi engagement rituals, the groom and the bride exchange rings to start their marital bliss before the wedding. 💍

Punjabi Wedding Sagai Photography© @gursimran kaur
Punjabi Wedding Engagement Ceremony© @jadoo

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Fun-Filled Sangeet Pre-Wedding Rituals

Do you know, what is the most awaited Punjabi wedding ceremony in India? 🤭

Well, the Sangeet ceremony night it is! Glittered with lighting decor, loud music, dance, and fun. This event is particularly hostel at the bride's home where all the ladies sing and dance together to enjoy the pre-wedding night. 

Sangeet Ceremony photography© @maggie_wedding_choreography
Sangeet photography© studiofotome

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Mehendi Ceremony

Common in every Indian wedding, the main preparing for the wedding starts with - the MEHENDI ceremony. The hands and feet of the bride and groom are decorated with artistic Henna colors with intricate details. 

So, if you are the Punjabi bride or groom getting hitched soon. Then, you can try painting your lover's name into your mehendi design. This will surely make your lover try hard to find his or her name on your hands. 😂

Punjabi Wedding Mehndi Photoshoot© Pinterest
Mehndi Photography© Pinterest

Kangana Bandhna Ritual

On the morning of the wedding day, a sacred thread or 'Kangana' is tied to the respective hands of the bride and groom at their home. This ritual is mandatory among all the Punjabis as it is considered to wave off evil spirits. 

 Kangana Bandhna Ritual© Peppynite.com

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Chudha Charana And Kalire Ritual

The 'chudha charana' is performed by the maternal uncle of the bride, who puts a beautiful set of red and ivory bangles on the bride's hand after soaking it in rose petals and milk. The uncle also performs a wedding havan in front of the sacred fire after which the bride has to wear the Chudha for at least 40 to 45 days after marriage. 

Chudha Charana Ritual© Shandaar events

Following this Punjabi wedding ceremony, the bride's friends and sisters tie long-hanging 'Kalire' known as bangles to the bride's hand, which is crushed in dry fruits, puffed rice, and coconut. This is a fun ceremony for the women of the family. 

Do you know why?

The bride rattles her bangles or 'kalire' on her unmarried friends one by one. It is considered that the girl getting a piece of the 'kalire' is the next one to get married. 🤭

Kalire Ritual of Punjabi Wedding© @_krafterina

Mayian Or Haldi Ceremony

If you are looking for a Punjabi wedding ceremony day where you can have lots of fun. Then, Haldi Day is the right occasion for you to do that! In the Sikh wedding rituals, the bride and groom are smeared with 'Ubtan' or Haldi paste from head to toe. 

Thus, the couple gets ready to show the world their golden glow on their wedding day. ✨

If you want to know more about haldi ceremony than read this blog Celebrating Indian Tradition And Ritual : The Haldi Ceremony

Bridal Haldi Photoshoot© studiofotome
Haldi photoshoot© studiofotome

Shehra Bandhna Ritual For The Punjabi Munda

According to the Punjabi rituals in marriage, the male member or the father of the groom ties a turban and a 'Sehra' to cover his face on the wedding day. 

This ritual takes place just before the baraat leaves for the wedding venue. 

Shehra Bandhna Punjabi Ritual© Pinterest
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Baraat And Ghodi Chorna Ritual

Imagine, you being the groom riding a white horse to your wedding mandap, to marry the love of your life. How romantic does it look? 😍

Of course, it is dreamy! That is why, it is one of the most anticipated Punjabi marriage traditions where the groom rides a decorated mare or a horse to reach his wedding venue. 

Thus, he proceeds with his 'Baarat' and 'Baraati' with some groovy wedding songs. 

Baraat Photoshoot© linandjirsa.com

Milni Or The Greeting Ceremony

The 'Milni' ritual is a part of the Sikh wedding ceremony, which is derived from the word "Milan".🤝 Once, the 'Baraat' reaches the wedding venue, the bride's family receives the 'Baraati' respectfully with "Aarti" and "Tikka". 

This Punjabi wedding ceremony is also followed by the bride's father, uncles, and chachas welcoming the male members of the groom's family with a floral garland. 

Milni Ritual Photgraphy© linandjirsa.com
Milni Wedding Ritual© linandjirsa.com

Punjabi Wedding Rituals To Follow On Wedding Day

Varmala Punjabi Ritual

The bride and groom simply head to their wedding stage and exchange floral garlands to begin their auspicious wedding ceremony. 

Best wedding ritual Varmala© studiofotome
Varmala Punjabi Ritual© studiofotome

The Madhupek Ritual

Once the varmala ceremony is over, the groom is offered water by the father of the bride to drink. After which, he is offered a bowl of special ingredients known as 'Madhupek' to eat. 

'Madhupek' is a mixture made of honey, pure ghee, curd, holy water, and other ingredients. 

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Kanyadaan Marriage Ceremony

As you already know, 'Kanyadaan' is an integral part of Hindu weddings, so, it is very common even in Punjabi weddings. During this Punjabi wedding ceremony, the father of the bride hands over his daughter to the groom. He also takes vows from the groom that he will take care of his lovable daughter for the rest of his life. 

Well, the 'Kanyadaan' ceremony is a heartwarming ritual culminating with emotions. 💖

Kanyadaan Ritual Photography© Pinterest

Mangal Phera Or The Seven Vows

In the 'Mangal Phera' ceremony of the wedding, the bride and groom get up to take seven rounds together around the holy fire, vowing to stand by each other in sorrow or happiness. 😌

The end of the bride and groom's dupatta are tied together as they take their seven wedding vows. 

Sath Phera Ritual© Pinterest
Bollywood actress taking pheras in Wedding© @Surbhi Chandna

Sindoor Daan Ceremony Ritual

The main and the most important wedding ritual is the 'Sindoor Daan' ritual in any wedding. Therefore, the Punjabi Munda fills his wedded 'Nuh's' forehead with red vermillion as a symbol of love and marital bliss.

Sindoor Daan Ceremony Ritual© weddings by betterhalf
Sindoor daan photography© Pinterest

Heartwarming Punjabi Post Wedding Rituals 

Joota Chupai Ritual

Less of a wedding ritual, and more of a fun activity. The 'Juta Chupai' is that ceremony for which all the Shaali's of the groom wait eagerly. 😉 Here, the bride's sisters trick the groom by stealing his wedding shoes, in return for which they demand cash. 

So, if you are on the bride's side, then you definitely should READ this! 

Joota Chupai Ritual Photography© @pallavi

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Doli And Vidaai Ceremony

Finally, comes the moment when the Punjabi wedded bride has to leave her parent's house after the marriage ceremony. This is the most emotional moment for the bride's family as she bids goodbye to her parents before leaving with her Doli.

Doli And Vidaai Ceremony© @wedding times india
Doli And Vidaai Photography© @miniaturefoodie

Pag Phera After Wedding Ritual

A few days after the wedding and reception ceremony, the newlywed couple is invited to the bride's home for lunch. In this ceremony, both the bride and groom are bestowed with gifts and jewelry from the family and close ones. 

Pag Phera After Wedding Ritual© Vintage Threads

Conclusion

Now, you know what a Punjabi wedding ceremony looks like, or what it includes. We hope that you have fun throughout your moments at a Punjabi wedding. 

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