Indian traditions are rich with festivals and celebrations. With its high cultural
heritage and a mix of different types of people belonging to different religions,
castes and sects, not to mention the many languages, India is definitely shining
in the east. Here every festival is divine and holy. This is one reason why our
family ties are still very strong. The festive mood and the memories therein becomes
a source of inspiration which drives the relationships going steady.
Weddings are one such occasion wherein relatives and family members from far and
near get together to celebrate the holy matrimony. In olden days the wedding preparations
took months at a stretch and guests started arriving days before the wedding day.
The mode of transport then was only bullock carts. As the people were mostly farmers
or business men they took time off for the occasion. But times have changed now.
In this fast world everything has to be fast. So is the wedding celebration too.
It hardly takes a couple of hours and after the feast the marriage hall is empty.
The mode of transport today enables the guests to arrive even at the ninth hour
of the wedding. Moreover their work pressure doesn’t allow them to take time off
for such festivities. However it is a great time to release tension and be stress
free. Just meeting relatives all in one place after many years is a wonderful experience.
Mutual welcomes, chitchats, gossips, pulling one another’s legs etc make the day
a fulfilled and memorable one.
The relatives and friends looked after the wedding plans earlier and now modern
day wedding planners do the job for a fair price. There is creativity, luxury and
monotony in modern marriages as the group activity among relatives is missing. Earlier
the uncles would serve food and the nieces and nephews decorated the home and wedding
hall. The elders sisters would look after the bridal make up and the brothers would
try to teach the groom how to wear his dhoti.
Modern day weddings are tailor made and the fun element is less. The brides are
made up in parlors from where they reach the reception or wedding hall stand and
receive guests and depart. Family activity is the main focus for any festival and
it is important we make it a point to consciously include that in present day marriages.