India is a land of diverse cultures and religions and every region has a unique style of wedding. Right from Kashmir to Kanyakumari, Gujarat to Sikkim – everywhere you will find exclusive wedding rituals being followed since time immemorial. While the Punjabis are known for their big, fat, extravagant weddings; South Indian communities are renowned for rich wedding customs. Be it a pure Tamil Brahmin wedding or a wedding in Kerala – you will be stunned by the traditionally rich customs and rituals followed in this part of the country.
A typical Brahmin wedding starts as early as the cuckoo gives its first call of the day and is wrapped up by midday. They follow numerous rites and rituals with pomp and vigour. And yes, you are sure to have some lip smacking food in a Brahmin wedding. It is all vegetarian but truly delicious.
In a Brahmin matrimony, the rituals start with a traditional engagement ceremony called nishchitartham. Thereafter, follow many a ceremonies starting with the pandakkal ceremony, the welcome ceremony for the groom’s ceremony, the auspicious kappukettal and the vratham ceremony, the sowing of palikai seeds. It culminates with the exchange of garlands between the bride and groom. Every ritual reflects in itself a certain moral and conveys the essence of true partnership in soul-mates.
Food is an integral part in any Indian wedding and same goes for a Brahmin matrimonial. If you are Tamil Brahmin, in these weddings unlike other regions, food here is served in Thalai vazhai ilai – the outer part of the banana leaf – magnificent in itself isn’t it? The first servings start with the traditional curd and vegetable, the thayir pachadi, along with the deep fried vegetables (varuval), the kootu, the poriyal (dried vegetable curry with coconut), a spicy vegetable curry, vadai, pickle, with the main course meal that is steamed scented rice, thick dal (getti paruppu), topped with melted pure ghee! You will definitely get to indulge in delicious food at a Brahmin wedding in this part of the country and you will know how pure vegetarian food can be a pleasure to the taste buds.
If you want to have authentic Brahmin food at your wedding you must look for good wedding planners. They can plan everything for your big day from the venue to the menu. All you need to do is give them your choices and budget. You could also go to Brahmin matrimony portals. They are a one stop shop for all your wedding needs right from choosing a suitable life-partner to arranging the marriage ceremonies – promising you great food, flawless services and memorable moments!