Five Traditions That Are A Big Part Of Indian Weddings

Author : Grinell Jacinto
Made In Heaven

Made In Heaven

Amazon Prime Video’s Made In Heaven gave us a sneak peek into what transpires behind-the-scenes in Big Fat Indian Weddings! Made in Heaven revolves around the lives of two wedding planners, Tara and Karan, whose go on a part of self-discovery while organizing the big fat Indian wedding. It also follows their lives uncovering not only their personal turmoil but also the deep-rooted social nuances and prejudices still etched in Indian society.

While the series lives up to its promises of being a thought-provoking treat, we take a quick look at a few lighthearted traditions that are the mainstay of many Indian weddings!

1. Ponkhana

Celebrated across Gujarat, Ponkhana is a ritual where the mother-in-law playfully pulls the groom’s nose. This ritual signifies that he should always be kind and compassionate to his new life-partner.

2. Hiding the groom’s shoes

Performed by the female relatives from the bride’s side, the art of hiding the groom’s footwear for monetary gains is one of a kind. It remains extremely popular and is the high-point in almost all Hindu weddings.

3. Searching of the rings

This tradition has the bride and the groom dip their hands in a bowl full of milk and rose petals, to find the elusive ring. The one to find it four times, is expected to wear the pants in the relation.

4. Arshi Mushaf


A beautiful ritual, Arshi Mushaf is a prominent part of Muslim weddings where the bride and groom look into a mirror to take their first glimpse of each other as life-partners.

5. Throwing of the bouquet

During the wedding reception, a Christian bride takes her bouquet and flings it over at all the single ladies present behind her. The one to catch is likely to get hitched soon.

For decades, these rich traditions and rituals have been an intrinsic part of Indian history. And we just love them all!
Watch Prime Original Series Made In Heaven right away. The series premiered on March 8.

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