Marriage they say is not just a union of two minds but it also symbolizes the union of two families. With love–marriages gaining traction in the society, the catholic faith has adapted itself with the changing times.
Catholic weddings in Goa begin with the “Utor” where the formal promise of marriage is made and details of the wedding discussed. The ring ceremony follows where the exchange of rings between the bride and the groom happens. The ring for the bridegroom is taken in a special box with a statue of infant Jesus and some gold ornaments. As the wedding day comes near, shopping for the dresses to be worn by the bride and groom begins. The dress material for the wedding known as ‘saddo' for the bridegroom and ‘torna boda' for the bride are bought and subsequently sent to the tailors for measurement.
Registration for the marriage is the next step for the couple. Registration of the marriage is mandatory according to the existing Portuguese civil code which stipulates the code for catholic weddings in Goa The registration at the Civil registrar's office, requires the presence of two witnesses. Objections, if any to the wedding can be made in the subsequent three weeks after a notice is put up on the notice board. Wedding banns are read on these three Sundays. However, if the wedding is to be conducted in a short span of time, then this ceremony is done away with. The ‘Chuddo' ceremony where the bride is decked with flowers and bangles of green colour follows.The ‘Ross' ceremony happens next, where coconut juice is applied to the bride and groom. Catholic weddings in Goa conclude with the ‘Bicareanchem Jevonn' where lunch is served to beggars in the memory of the departed souls.