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The trend of fusion wedding is making the world look smaller than before. This fusion of different rituals is making wedding affair more exciting and fun. Add to this is the stronger bond between different families cutting the cultural and religious differences that do exist in our society.
When it comes to wedding rituals between a Hindu and Sikh wedding there are exists some notable differences in how they are performed. There is understanding that all Punjabi's rituals are similar but that's not the case. A Hindu Punjabi wedding and Sikh Punjabi has a lot of differences which needs to be understood because it is important that we have a clear understanding of our cultures.
1. WORSHIP OF ICONS
A Hindu wedding happens around the AGNI in which Hindu priest performs Vedic mantras which are very different from the Sikh wedding in which most ardaas and prayers are recited according to their holy book Guru Granth Sahib. So according to the Sikhism, they don't believe in any particular idol or deity.
2. PLACE OF MARRIAGE
While a Hindu wedding mostly takes place in a lavish, grand festive banquet hall where the grand eateries and other ceremonies take place for the guests. On the other hand, a Sikh wedding happens in a Gurudwara.
3.MANDAP ARRANGEMENT
The mandap arrangement of both the wedding has a little difference where the Sikh priest who conducts the marriage sits on the upper position than the bride, groom and everyone else, unlike the Hindu wedding where everyone sits together to be the priests, bride, groom or their families.
4. RESTRICTION
As the wedding rituals of a Sikh wedding takes place in the Gurudwara so everyone is expected to cover their heads during the wedding rituals.
5. PHERAS
A Hindu Punjabi take seven pheras while a Sikh takes four pheras in a clockwise direction.
It is interesting to know about these differences and respect them.
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Author- Neha Wadhwa
Design credits - Vikas Kakkar
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