10 Beautiful Northeastern Wedding Rituals

10 Beautiful Northeastern Wedding Rituals

North-East India is truly a distinct and heavenly abode with its lesser-known culture and environment. Weddings in these states have their own rituals, ceremonies and differ from tribe to tribe. The woman is well respected when it comes to marriage in these tribes. Here are a few interesting facts that will make you fall in love.

 

Sikkim

 

1) A Royal Affair

 

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The last Queen of Sikkim in Royal Attire.

 

 

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Wedding attire is a tradition that is dearly held onto even in present times. The bride wears an ensemble similar to that of royalty known as a Bakhu. This loose-fitting blouse is made of the finest silk. This outfit is then fastened with a belt which also gives the bride an hourglass figure.

 

 

Assam

 

2) It’s All About The Music

 

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The ceremony is called ‘Biya.’ Women sing cultural songs known as Biya Naam or Biya geet. These songs are sung from the first day of the wedding ceremony to the last day. 

It is the women who take lead on the Biya Naam and can be from either side of the family. These songs tell tales from mythology about marriage and love.

 

 

Arunachal Pradesh

 

3) Gifts For The Bride’s Family

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The traditions from Arunachal Pradesh are said to be similar to that of Burma, modern-day Myanmar and Tibet. Weddings in this state differ among the 20 and more tribes that exist here. One similar trait that can be found among these tribes is a concept known as ‘Bride Price.’ This is different from the dowry culture. Here a daughter is an economic asset. The groom’s family provides the bride’s family with a Mithun (A type of cattle), fabric and cookware, all for accepting her into their family. A beautiful gesture for lasting happiness.

 

Nagaland

 

4) Fish And Fowl To Seal The Deal

 

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Like Arunachal Pradesh, Nagaland too has 16 different tribes. The Ao tribe is one such tribe. When the groom decides to get engaged to a girl of his choice, Ao Naga (Groom/eligible bachelor) usually offers fish to the bride’s parents. They also sacrifice fowls in most phases of the wedding. 

 

5) Gifts and a Whole Lot of Love

         

 

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Like Arunachal Pradesh, Nagaland too has 16 different tribes. The Ao tribe is one such tribe. When the groom decides to get engaged to a girl of his choice, Ao Naga (Groom/eligible bachelor) usually offers fish to the bride’s parents. They also sacrifice fowls in most phases of the wedding. 

 

Manipur

 

6) A Garland And A Prayer

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The leilenga ceremony takes place on the wedding day. The bride makes the wedding garlands for herself and her partner. She is also asked to pray for a peaceful and joyful marriage during this ceremony. 

 

7) A Feast when the Bride Comes Home

 

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Mangani chakouba or a feast is arranged five days after the wedding in the bride’s home. This is a lot of fun and the most joyful event.

 

8) A Manipuri Bride Wears A Basket

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A Manipuri bride wears a traditional Rasleela dress for her wedding as she emanates Radha. Manipuri weddings place emphasis on the Tulsi plant and make it the focal point of their ceremonies 

 

Meghalaya

 

9) Men Join their Wives’ Family

 

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In the Khasi community in Meghalaya, the man leaves home. He becomes one with his wife through marriage and goes to live with her. This is a different custom compared to rituals across the Indian Subcontinent.

 

Mizoram

 

10) The Family In Traditional Attire

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As most Mizos are now Christian, they follow most of the western wedding rituals. It is the ladies from both families who wear a traditional colourful wrap called “Puan” (the Groom’s family)  or “Puanchei.”(the bride’s family)

Tripura

 

11) The Marking Of Betel Leaves And Nuts

 

 

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Women in traditional Tripura culture, on the day before the wedding, mark betel leaves and nuts with the name of the bride and the groom. They make a sound known as the ‘Ulu’ to bestow their blessings on the couple. This ceremony is called ‘Kuaitano.’

 

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