The hindu wedding

On July 1, Sigrid and Nimish had two wedding ceremonies, a Nepali-style (Hindu) ceremony in the morning, and a traditional Swedish (Christian) ceremony in the afternoon.

Though Hindu weddings typically last several days, this was much shortened version, with just the key points.

  • Opening prayers
  • Garlands for the bride and groom
  • Giving away of the bride and accepting the bride into the new family
  • Exchanging the symbols for marriage (the mangala sutra and pote)
  • The Seven Steps (Saptapati)
  • Applying the kumkum. After this stage, the couple is considered married. We will inform everyone when this is happening.
  • Tug-of-war. This is a tradition more than a ceremony.
  • Final prayers

The Swedish wedding

Swedish weddings are similar to traditional American weddings. Some key differences are:

  • The bride and groom walk down the aisle together.
  • The bride wears a bridal crown. Sigrid wears one from her home church dating back to the 1600s.

The structure is as follows:

  • Bride, groom and priest walk in together
  • Doors are closed and the church bells ring
  • Opening hymn
  • Prayers
  • Exchanging of vows and rings
  • Prayers with the Pel
  • Closing hymn
  • Exit and congratulating the bride and groom

The bride and groom is wearing traditional clothing. Sigrid wears her grandmother’s wedding dress from the 1950s, and Nimish has traditional Swedish folk attire made by Sigrid’s mother.

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