Weddings Throughout Religions

Paige Langley

Weddings are beautiful ceremonies that commence with the intent to marry two people. It’s the beginning of a life long commitment, and although this is true for just about every religion, it is shown in different ways. 

In a Christian Wedding, the bride wears a white dress, stands in a church and walks down the aisle with her father, taking slow steps until she reaches her groom. The bride and groom exchange vows and a Priest or Pastor pronounces them husband and wife.

  In a Hindu wedding, marriage practices and traditions are elaborate and can even go on for days. There are also pre-wedding ceremonies, such as Haldi (a holy bath in wich the bride and groom are covered in water and oils the morning of the ceremony), Sagan (the pundit performs a sacred fire ceremony ‘havan’ then, the entire bride’s relatives and friends bless the groom and offer him sweets and gifts), and Sangeet (families from both sides meet each other and sing and dance). These celebrations are held with great festivity from both sides of the families. An Indian wedding can be very expensive, and people may take out short term loans to take care of wedding expenses

A Muslim wedding is a grand affair, usually called by the name of Nikaah. The wedding can commence at the Bride or Groom’s home on a convenient day and time. Typically, prior to the wedding date, many sweets and fruits will be exchanged between the two conjoining families. Then, a Mehndi ceremony is held, followed by dancing and singing. Important verses from the Quran are read on the day of the wedding before and after the ritual is completed.

A Sikh wedding (also known as “Anand Karaj”) is usually quite similar to Hindu weddings. Sikhism can be found predominantly in the Punjab state of India but Sikh communities exist on every inhabited continent.Their wedding ceremony is typically a lavish ceremony, including music, dancing, and lots of food. According to the Sikh faith, there are many guidelines for the wedding held in the morning in a Guardwara.