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Vidai ceremony

 

Everyone dreams of getting married someday to someone. Some people are lucky to be blessed by the feeling of love while the others wait further, to meet that someone special. Wedding is the special moment in which is some one’s dream come true. However, after the dream realizes, it's time for the bride to leave her house. This is the most painful moment of all. This is what the Vidai ceremony is all about in India.

 Vidai is the ceremony after the wedding, which takes place after the wedding rituals are completed. During the vidai ceremony the bride is accompanied by her parents, friends, relatives and associates, which lead her outside the doorstep of the house. Before crossing the doorstep, she throws back three handfuls of rice and coins over her head, into the house. This symbolizes that the bride is repaying her parents for all that they have given her so far.

Girls are considered the manifestation of Goddess Lakshmi in India, the deity of wealth and prosperity.  While leaving the parental house, the bride practices the ritual to keep wealth and prosperity intact in her home. This is the most emotional moment that completes the marriage ceremony as the bride's family and friends bids her a teary farewell.  They also bless her for a happy married life. The father of the bride takes her to the car or the Doli and hands her to the groom.

After this he requests him to care of her and to forgive her for any mistake, guiding her constantly through their marital journey. The occasion presents mixed feelings happiness & sadness as the pain of missing her and the joy of marrying her overwhelms the heart of her parents. After this the brothers and cousins of the bride push the car, to help her leave and start her new life. Once the car starts, coins are also thrown toward off any evil.

 

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