Once all the pre-wedding and the actual wedding ceremonies and rituals are finalized, a very large wedding reception begins. However, it is not unusual for an Assamese-style wedding, to have a wedding reception even a week before the actual wedding.
The Assamese wedding reception resembles an American open house party, with a beautifully served buffet-style meal, consisting of myriad selections of fruits, sweets, and an abundance of deliciously prepared dishes of fish and meat. The reception area is elaborately decorated with lots of greenery and beautiful floral arrangements.
ndia consists of many different regions, with each region having its distinctive religion, traditions, rituals, foods, and of course, very special wedding rituals.
After the Pre-Wedding ceremonies, the actual marriage ceremonies take place, so I will briefly touch upon the general Hindu traditions in part I, followed by Assamese wedding day traditions, in part II.
The actual marriage ceremony begins in the evening, could be as late as 9 PM, and lasts for 6 – 7 hours.
Besides the bride and the groom, only family members and close friends attend this part of the wedding ceremony.
It is very spiritual, filled with numerous rituals performed by the priest, bride, groom, and family members.
I have been quite intrigued by the stories and pictures shared with me by my colleagues from India, who experienced their own traditional Assamese Hindu Wedding, and numerous others of their family and friends.
Marriages in India used to be arranged by the parents of the future bride and groom, but this practice has lessened considerably now, and the “in love” marriages are becoming more popular. However, the parents from both sides still play a very prominent role
Today, I will quote from the Wedding Ceremony Program booklet, prepared by the Bride and Groom, especially for their wedding, to give you a better understanding of the similarities between the Byzantine and the Jewish wedding ceremony traditions.