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Today, we’re excited to give our valued readers details about traditional Parsi Wedding.
Parsi Wedding Rituals
Nahan is a cleansing ceremony that is performed before the main wedding ceremony. The family Dastur or priest, purifies the body and soul of the couple by symbolically bathing them. Traditionally, after the purification ritual the couple cannot touch anyone outside the caste or family. After this, the bride is dressed in an ornate white sari, known as the madhavate, and the groom dresses in a white kurta and a black cap.
Parsi weddings generally take place in the Fire Temple, known as the agiary. Early mornings and post-sunset are auspicious times for weddings. Lovely rangolis adorn doorways and staircases as well as the gates of the venue.
This ritual is performed before the couple as they step onto the dais, where the ceremony will be held. The mother of the bride performs the ritual first, when the boy steps on to the dais. She has a tray with dates, coconut, rice, supari or betel nut, a raw egg and water. The coconut is circled around the groom’s head seven times and then cracked on the floor, to the right side of the groom. Every other item, except water, meets the same fate; this is sprinkled on either side of the boy. The same ritual is repeated by the boy’s mother, when the bride steps onto the dais.
The couple sit across, facing each other, with a cloth held between them. Both of them are given rice that they will have to shower on each other after the priest completes seven circumambulations around them. The essence of this ritual is that whoever manages to shower with the rice first, will be the dominating partner in the marriage!
The bride and groom sit next to each other with seven strings around them to bind the two together. The witness is seated next to them and mellow lamps on the table twinkle from either side. Conducted by priests, this hour-long ceremony entails aashirwaad or prayers along with showering of rose petals and rice. As the ritual comes to an end, the couple exchange wedding rings. The priests pronounce the couple as man and wife, and they pay respects to the fire that is brought to them form the agiary.
This is a fun-filled ceremony that marks the end of the marriage ceremonies. The bride’s sister makes the groom dip his hand in a glass full of water, and doesn’t let him take his out, until he pays her. The next ritual is pag dhovanu, where the new husband has to pay up if he doesn’t want milk to be spilt on his shoes.
Chero chorvanu is the third ceremony, wherein the bride’s sister offers to remove the seven strands that bind the couple. For this too, the groom has to pay her. Once the fun and frolic is over, the couple visits the Fire Temple to seek blessings.
The wedding is followed by a grand reception and a lavish feast. Music, wine and food are in abundance in a Parsi reception party. The feast includes mouth-watering dishes like pulao-dal, salli murgi or chicken with potato wafers, patrani macchi or steamed fish, pickles, rotis, ice cream and lagan nu custard.
Zoroastrian or Parsi wedding
Four days before the wedding, both the groom and bride’s sides conduct Madhavsaro or planting of mango sapling. The pot is kept at the doorstep to symbolize fertility and watered until the eight day after the wedding before being transplanted. The next day Adarni is celebrated where the groom’s side visits the bride’s house and presents her gifts and jewelry. Supra nu murat is a ceremony akin to Haldi and Mehndi which takes place a couple of days before the wedding. After the wedding, the groom’s side usually hosts a reception.
Zoroastrian or Parsi weddings begin with addravun or betrothal after which the bride- to-be takes on her husband’s name. A few days later, the wedding ceremony is conducted. The groom is greeted by the bride’s mother with a kunkun. As the couple sits on chairs facing east, candles are lit on either side – fire is sacred to them. With hathevaro or fastening of their right hands, the priest conducts the ceremony as two witnesses watch. A cloth circle goes around their chairs to symbolize their union. The couple throws rice at each other once the curtain separating them is lifted. Celebrations follow the ceremony.
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