India is one of the most religious and traditionally rich countries in the whole world. There are lots of celebrations and events for which beliefs, as well as superstitions, play a major role, and weddings are no exception. These wedding superstitions are said to greatly influence your marriage for good as well as for bad. And it's not just in India, you will find that every part of the world has wedding superstitions of its own. Some of them seem to be practical and others are...well you decide for yourself. Some of them also seem surprisingly familiar. Read on to know which superstitions are being practised in most Indian weddings and get to understand the traditions while maintaining a firm grip on reality.
1. Designing a Gown
This supposedly sound advice is mostly for the bride. If you are thinking about designing your own bridal gown, think again. It is believed that this will bring misfortune to your marriage. It may not make much sense, but it’s a wedding superstition many believe. But here is the catch, at least you won’t have to stress yourself about what design to make for your gown. All you have to is go bridal shopping instead to trying to figure out the designs that work for you the most. Just focus on preparing yourself mentally and emotionally.
2. Rain on the Wedding Day
Most couples would want to have the best weather condition during their wedding day but for Indian couples, you might want to go for a rainy day. Rain during the wedding day is said to be a blessing of wealth and fertility. But it really is not in your power to make it so there is absolutely no need for you to stress over something you can’t control. While you hope for it, make sure that all of your wedding decor is designed to save you from the rains. You can even prefer an indoor venue if the weather predictions of the season show rains.
3. Looking Out for Signs
One of the wedding superstitions is that it is a good omen for your wedding to see a rainbow, a black cat, or a chimney sweep. On the other hand, avoid seeing a pig, a lizard or an open grave because this is bad luck. We couldn't find the logic behind this one but then again, that's how superstitions work. In different part of our country you will find different interpretations to seeing each of these.
4. Don’t Spill the Milk
Keep a close check at your milk cauldrons. It is believed to be a bad omen if boiling milk spills anytime before, during or after the wedding. Practically, it isn’t good to just let milk spill irrespective of any upcoming wedding event or not! Indian weddings seem surprisingly bizarre when it comes to such superstitions.
5. The Shower of Rice
If the rain was not enough, here is another practice that thought to bring fertility and wealth for the bride and groom, showering them with rice. This wedding superstition is also practised by several other cultures across Asia. Since rice is an abundant grain in these countries, it has come to signify as an answer to hunger and the capacity to support a larger family.
6. Not lighting candles
It is believed that the sputtering of candles is a sign of an evil spirit so no candles should be lit on the wedding day. The only explanation we can think this Indian wedding superstition has is that in old times if the candles fell, chances of any mishap occurring were more since the wedding was usually decorated with different fabrics.
7. The full moon omen
A full moon right before the wedding is believed to be the harbinger of good luck and wishes. We are stumped at this one, couldn't find a logical explanation to it. This is a good one though so you can let it go at that.
There are still several wedding superstitions in Indian weddings but the above mentioned are some of the most common. Following these practices don’t necessarily have a good or bad effect on your wedding. Nowadays, these practices have become some sort of added fun to make the event more interesting as well as a respect for tradition. You can even turn
Do tell us in the comments below which ones you encountered at your wedding or were asked by the elders to follow and share your experiences with other soon-to-be brides.