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. You will find some of them to be practical and others are...well you decide for yourself. 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.
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. Just focus on preparing yourself mentally and emotionally.
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.
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.
Don’t Spill the Milk
Take a close look 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!
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.
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.
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.