INDIAN WEDDING GLOSSARY

The indian wedding world is one full of heritage, culture, color and emotion. In the middle of all the different rituals, jewelry, and complex menus, one can easily get lost! However, do not worry as we have joined all the most important indian wedding vocabulary, in a glossary made especially for your indian destination wedding in portugal! Read our informative indian glossary to have an idea of all the different features that this exciting world has to offer.

Aadyaraathri
"Aadya" means first, and "Rathri" means night, together in Malayalm, they mean the "first night" in
Malayalam weddings.

Aarsimashaf

The word for reading the Holy Quran during the Muslim weddings

Aarti
Aarti is a prayer which accompanies a fire, which is burnt in a special container, continuously
throughout the rituals.

Aashirwad
Aashirwad are the blessings received by the Bride and Groom during the festivities

Aathgath
Most usal in Kashmiri Weddings, Aathgath is a gift that is offered to the couple, usually being Money
and salt.


Acharya
Acharya is the Priest that performs the ceremony of union

Achkan
Achkan is the long and adorned gowns, worn by men for the weddings

Adapradhaman
Adapradhaman is a dessert offered during the weddings in Kerala

Adravanu
The celebration of the engagement in Malayalam weddings

Agarbatti
Agarbatti are incense sticks that are lit up during the festivities

Agni Sakshi
Agni Sakshi is the act of getting married, whilst having fire as the witness

Aliyan
Aliyan means"brother in law" in the Christian community weddings of Kerala  

Amaavasi
Amaavasi is a night that has no moon

Ambalam
Ambalam means "Temple" in Malayalam

Ambalappuzha
A very special temple in Kerala, that is dedicated to the God of Love, Sree Krishna

Antham chaarthu
Antham chaarthu is a very special wedding function that is held in Kerala

Arasanikkal
A canopy made with bamboo branches, to sanctify the place where the marriage is held

Arundhati Nakshatra
Is the act of offering prayers to both Arundhati and Vashisht

Athiraathram
Athiraathram is a special prayer done during the marriage ceremony

Babul
The father of the bride


Bahu Bhaat
A traditional ceremony that is held on the second day of the wedding

Bandhu Veedu
A name for the husband's family

Banshi Biye
A Bengali ceremony which takes place the day after the wedding

Basar Ghar
A Bengali ceremony which takes place on the night of the wedding

Bhabhi
Bhabbi means Sister in law

Bhagwan
One of the many names for God

Bidaai
A traditional ceremony that celebrates the bride leaving her home and moving to her husband's home

Bou bhat
A Bengali ceremony in which the bride serves rice to her new family

Brahma
The creator of the universe and a part of the Hindu Trinity of Brahma

Chaitra
The first month of the Hindu calendar

Chandan
Sandalwood, an important ingredient used during Hindu weddings

Cheka
Is the name for the engagement ceremony

Choli
The upper part or blouse of the women’s traditional wedding attire

Chudi
Are the Bangles worn by the women

Chunni
Is the name for the Veil of the bride

Dampathi
Is the name given to the newly married couple

Devar Samardhne
A special ceremony in which the couples seek blessings from the Almighty and ask for a happy future
together

Devtas
Another name for God

Dhashina
Are the Gifts that the newly married couple offer to the elders after the wedding ceremony

Dhoti
The loose lower garment worn by Indian men

Doli
The vehicle on which the bride leaves to her husband's home

Dulha
Is the name for the groom

Dulhan
Is the name for the bride

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