Asian bridal festivities are full of rich culture and traditions. From complex meals to gorgeous hand- drawn henna designs on the bride’s hands and feet, to the royal lighting of a spiritual fire and tying of the couple up with silk ribbons, each detail is considered to be metaphorical and critical for the marriage.

Many people demand a fortune teller or a Chinese priest to help them decide an auspicious meeting for their bridal. They moreover seek out the instruction of their elders and ask them to offer their gifts on the union.

Friends usually offer presents to the bride and groom at the service. The groom’s family typically offers a scented handkerchief to the wedding, and the bride’s parents give the couple decorated twigs of Sakaki ( a sacred tree used in worship of goddesses). There is no best man or giving ahead of the wife in a Shinto bride festival and a few words are spoken by the priest before the meeting concludes with the pair offering the twigs of Sakaki up.

In Indian marriage ceremonies, the wife wears a blouse which is a longer piece of fabric draped around the figure and embellished with intricate embroidery. The wedding wears a kurta which is a lengthy coating- like garment. At the service, visitors pour holy water from their shell shells over the couple’s joined hands to bless them and present their best wishes. During the reception, there are usually cat dancers which are believed to ward off evil spirits.

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