Roka Ceremony of Indian Traditional Weddings - An Important Pre Wedding Ritual
by Ekta M. Blogger
The wedding is the most important occasion in the lives of the couple when they tie their nuptial knot for seven births as per the Hindu tradition.
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The Indian wedding is full of fun-filled, thrilling and exciting ceremonies and rituals. These wedding ceremonies are categorized into two classes- the ceremonies which take place before the marriage are called the pre-wedding ceremonies whereas the ones which are celebrated after the marriage are called as the post-wedding rituals. The Roka ceremony is considered to be one of the most significant and auspicious pre-wedding ceremonies in Indian weddings.
Roka Ceremony "The First Step Towards Your Marriage"
Roka ceremony brings about the official announcement of the consent of both the boy and the girl for getting married to each other. It can be considered as stamping the boy and the girl with the title of “booked and engaged”. Both the families gather together for the first time and exchange sweets, gifts, dry fruits, etc. with each other and also bless the couple who will soon be getting married. Puja is performed according to the Indian rituals and traditions in the presence of a holy priest who recites the holy verses and performs the rituals.
Know More About Roka Ceremony & Make it Worthwhile
The roka ceremony venue is usually the home of the bride. However, if the families are willing to celebrate the roka ceremony occasion on a large scale, the venue can be chosen accordingly. A banquet halls or hotels can be selected to host the roka ceremony. The proceedings of the Roka ceremony are very simple. The first ritual to be performed is the Tilak ceremony, where tilak or a paste made of vermillion/sandalwood and rice grains are applied on the foreheads of the boy and the girl. After the tilak ceremony, the elders present at the occasion, bless the boy and the girl. This is followed by the exchange of gifts between both the families. These wedding favor gifts include sweets, fruit baskets, dry fruits, clothes and other assortments.
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