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Punjabi Weddings: A Statement of Flamboyance and Bling

Punjab is known the world over for being a colorful state. This vibrancy is reflected in equal measure in their vivacious celebrations, including a wedding, which almost tops the list of grandiose Punjabi celebrations in India. A Punjabi wedding is as much about the traditions and rituals as it is about entertainment in the form of song, dance and food. There are several wedding ceremonies in the Punjabi bandwagon such as Takha, Roka, Mangni, Sagai, Sangeet, Mehendi, Phere, Kanyadaan and finally, the Vidaai.

Weddings in the state of Punjab see the bride dressed in a salwar kameez whether she is part of the Sikh Punjabi community or Hindu Punjabi community. However, Punjabis settled in other parts of the country generally prefer the lehenga choli. These outfits can be made of heavy materials like satin, silk and brocades or of lighter materials like chiffon and georgette with heavy embroidery on it. These dresses are embellished with elaborate work in gold or silver zari along with extensive stone work and sequin work. Popular colors for these dresses include red, maroon and green. The bride accessorizes with a set of 21 wedding bangles known as Churas in ivory and red. Other heavy accessories in gold like maang tikkas, bangles, necklaces, anklets and the signature red and gold colored odhna, add to the glamor of the bridal look.

The Punjabi Wedding groom dresses in a Sherwani made of brocaded material with heavy embroidery around the collar, lapel and cuffs. The preferred footwear is known as jootis. An integral part of the ensemble is the Punjabi turban known as Pagri, which has a semi-precious stone jaded into it right at the center.

The only major innovation that has taken place is in the bridal makeup. ‘Less is more’ is the latest trend in bridal makeup that is generally being followed in the urban centers.

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