|Goa beckons the enterprising Gujaratis from Harrow, Ealing, Hounslow, Brent, Barnet, Lewisham, Newham, Gloucestershire, Birmingham, Sandwell, Leicester, West Midlands and London.
The phenomenally successful and ever enterprising people owe it to their innate business skills and undying loyalty to their Traditions and customs, which keeps them grounded and connected to their roots.
Goa the eternal land of sand, sea and surf is an ideal destination where most people love to host the most significant celebrations of their life. Many traditional Gujarati families are hosting grand weddings here with desi food, entertainment and décor.
There is a myriad choice of venues which are completely in sync with the zestful and vibrant marriages. Gujaratis are lively people and they celebrate their weddings with lots of splendor, dances, colors and wonderful décor.
The colorful weddings are vivacious and quite vibrant. They incorporate lots of dancing, fun and are full of traditional ritualism. Some of them are listed below.
It is the engagement ceremony where the girl carries a matli to the groom's home. The steel container has sweets and gifts for the groom's family. Here two families promise commitment of relationship.
Traditional Gujarati dance performed by family members night before wedding, offering ample opportunity for both families to meet, greet and know each other well. The dance form is characterized by the use of hand movements with sticks hitting each other.
A ritual where turmeric paste is applied to the bride and the groom to bring a glow to their skin. Close friends and family are part of the ceremony which takes place at the respective homes of the couple.
The exchange of garlands, the groom is lifted higher than the bride signifying the bride cannot take the groom from his family and friends albeit in a light hearted banter.
Here the priest chants sacred hymns, while the bride and the groom encircle the sacred fire four times. Each round is symbolic of a human goal, Dharma, Artha, Kama and Moksha.
In this ritual the bride touches seven beetle nuts with her right toe, the groom chanting mantras with each step requesting support from his wife at all times.
The groom applies vermillion on the brides head in the center, where the hairline parts and ties the mangalsutra around her neck symbolizing she is married and belongs to him.
The bride bids farewell to her family, the couple departs and one can witness tears of joy and sadness as the bride leaves for her new home leaving her old memories back.
Ghar Nu Laxmi
The bride is welcomed into her new home as an incarnation of Goddess Lakshmi, believed to bring in luck and good fortune for the family. She enters the new household by spilling a pot of rice which is symbolic of wealth and signifies the bride accepts all her responsibilities towards her new home.