Have you ever booked a new car online?
Well, after we book one and the day it finally arrives at the nearest company showroom. We go to the showroom with our family and friends to bring that new car to our home.
Baraat in an Indian Wedding is quite similar to the above process, here in India we don’t actually book a bride but we follow a quite similar procedure to bring the Bride to the Groom’s house.
So this article will proceed as follows:
- What exactly is Baraat?
- How does Baart travel?
- How many people are there in Baraat?
- What happens in the case of a Destination Wedding?
- What happens when Baarat reaches the wedding location?
- Ribbon Ceremony?
- My first experience with Baarat
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What exactly is Baarat?
So, Baraat is basically a group of people including Groom’s Parents, Relatives, Friends and other important family members who travel from the Groom’s house to the Bride’s house.
They travel all together with Groom being the VIP of the group.
Like in Christians, the marriage ceremony takes place at Churches, in Indian Weddings the venue for the same is the Bride’s House.
Nowadays you’ll find Hotels or Banquet halls being used instead of the bride’s house for the wedding ceremonies. Baraat arrives at the Hotel on the wedding day and further ceremonies are performed.
How does Baart travel?
It depends on the destination if the Bride’s home is located in the same city personal vehicles are used, in case the distance is large Traveller Vans, Buses and Cars are used.
In most of the cases, Cars and a few buses are used, in case the number of people is large they might need more Buses.
Now the question arises,
Who pays for all these expenses?
Well, the groom’s parents or even the groom pays for all this. If you’re a guest then it’s a free party for you with a lot of fun and food.
Most of the Indian Wedding groom’s relatives also contribute to the Baraat by serving the guests with their personal vehicles for travelling.
To make it special for the Groom, the Groom’s car is decorated with flowers and ribbons and like any VIP his car is surrounded by other cars, some in the front and some at the back.
Groom’s mother, father and brother sit in the Groom’s car.
How many people are there in Baarat?
Well, there is no exact number for this. Everyone who’s invited to the wedding can join the Baraat, it’s completely his/her choice.
But in most cases relatives, friends and local people join the Baraat.
On an average Baraat includes around 200-400 people, depending on the size of “Kafira” is decided.
Posters with “Groom’s name” WEDS “Bride’s name” written on them are pasted on cars and buses to highlight this special day.
What happens when Baarat reaches the wedding location?
Now, this is something I was very excited to write about because this is a really fun part.
As the Baarat reaches the wedding location there is setup but a few metres away from the main wedding location.
All the Baaratis are welcomed there with some snacks. Basically, this is a short period in which they can take rest.
After this, a ceremony called “Milni” takes place in which one Groom’s relative and one Bride’s relative come forward and give Garland and gifts to each other.
But the thing which makes this Rasam more special is that both the relatives should have the same relation with the Groom or the Bride.
What happens in the case of a Destination Wedding?
In case someone has planned for a destination wedding outside India then it’s very difficult for so many people to travel such a long distance together.
Also, in the case of a destination wedding, it’s gonna be very difficult for the groom’s family to hold travelling expenses.
So, for example, you’re planning for a destination wedding at some Hotel or Resort in London. In this case, Baarat will probably move from the Hotel in which the groom’s family is staying to the main location.
By the main location, I mean the main wedding venue where all the ceremonies have to take place.
As the Baarat reaches the main door of the Wedding Hotel/Banquet hall ribbon ceremony takes place.
In the Ribbon ceremony, a Ribbon is tied across the door and Groom has to cut it but the condition is Scissor is provided by the Bride’s sisters standing on the other side of the ribbon.
In exchange for scissors, they(sisters) ask for Shagun(money/cash) but in this ceremony, the Groom has to negotiate with them as much as he can.
At the end he has to pay the final Shagun decided after negotiation and then Baarat enters in, welcomed with flowers and music.
My first experience with Baarat
I first had this experience at the age of 9 years, it was really exciting for me seeing so many people wearing new dresses and travelling together.
I and my father were given a traditional Indian cap (known as “Pagdi” which represents us as “Barati”).
Then the Groom was made to sit in the car which was decorated with flowers and stuff. We sat in our car after this and a few minutes later the journey started.
Our car was just behind the Groom’s car followed by some more cars and a bus. There were around 10 cars and 1 bus full of “Baratis”.
It was around 1.5 hours of journey to the Bride’s house and as soon as we reached there we were served with tea and snacks.
For a 9 years old child this was a completely new experience and I had some much fun. That night we enjoyed all the wedding ceremonies and amazing food.
And how can I forget we were about to break the dance floor with our really bad dance moves.
The “Baraat” came back the next day but with a very special person added to it which was the Bride. Again 1.5 hours of journey and we came back to the groom’s home.
Post-wedding ceremonies started and we got a chance to interact with the Bride and she was so sweet to talk with. I also clicked some pictures with her.
I hope you liked the article, I’ve shared my personal experience in this article that’s what makes this article very special for me.
If you have any suggestions or anything else you want to know about Indian weddings, please let me know in the comment section below.
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HAVE YOU EVER BEEN A PART OF BAARAT?