The exchange garlands is probably the most common ritual in any Hindu wedding and that is the reason why I wanted to start this series of posts with this ritual. In the Hindu mythology, there is a widely held belief that a garland worn by someone should not be used on another, but it is allowed as part of this wedding ritual as it signifies their togetherness as one soul in two bodies. It symbolizes the acceptance of one another.
The exchange of garlands is very special in a Brahmin wedding where the bride and the groom are lifted on the shoulders of their respective maternal uncles; and from that lofted position, the couple tries to exchange the garlands with each other three times as a sign of complete union. This ritual does its job of bringing smiles and laughs to not only the couple but everyone watching. Take a look at some of the candid ones we captured.
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