The Benefits Of The Haldi Function Ritual
Everything you wanted to know about haldi ceremony
I’m sure you might be wondering why do we use haldi on this auspicious occasion or why do we have a big ceremony for it?
Here are the answers to all your questions. Keep scrolling to know more!
Since ancient times, the use and benefit of Turmeric or Haldi in the Indian kitchen have its significance, as we use Haldi in almost all our preparations. When it comes to Indian culture. Haldi is one of the most integral ingredients needed and holds a very important position on our kitchen shelves. The haldi function, besides being an excuse to smear haldi playfully by friends and relatives, is also an essential ritual in the Hindu marriage. The mixture for the haldi routine is prepared by the ladies in the house in the morning of the haldi ceremony using turmeric powder, oil, gram flour, barley flour, sandalwood powder and water. Other ingredients added to this paste may also be milk, sandalwood powder and rose water.
The haldi ceremony is held separately at the groom’s house as well as the bride’s house, and this ritual prevails in almost every Hindi subculture, celebrated widely with a lot of music, dance, and good food. The haldi ceremony is known by various names in different communities, like ubtan, vatna, tel baan, halad chadavane, manjha ceremony, pendikoothuru and many more titles.
Haldi has reliable and effective antibacterial properties, which makes the ritual tangibly essential for them to to be married couple. This unique property in haldi prevents the formation of acne and pimples on the skin, avoiding the bride and groom’s face from breaking out. It also helps in making a face look more transparent and brings out a glow and makes it shine because it works as an excellent exfoliating agent. When the paste is rinsed off, it removes the dead cells and makes the skin detoxified. So haldi is a ceremony equally awaited for the ones going to be married as well the ones getting the chance to apply haldi on them.
Haldi or turmeric has antibacterial properties and brings a great glow to the skin, hence the application the day before the wedding. It is also superstitiously known to ward off evil. It is for this reason that the bride and groom are not allowed to go outside after haldi, for fear of evil omen. In some traditions, the sacred red thread is tied on their hand or given small amulets to protect against the evil eye. Besides the aesthetic benefits of haldi, the application of haldi paste on the bride or the groom by ladies also shower them with blessings, something that is invaluable for the bride and the groom for a happy and prosperous married life.
The ritual of applying haldi also creates a bond between them, making the haldi ceremony even much more of a valuable part of the series of the Indian wedding ritual. The yellow colour itself is auspicious according to the Hindu traditions and is thought to bring prosperity to the married life of the couple, which is a crucial reason why during haldi, the place where the groom and bride sit for the ritual is always decorated in yellow flowers.
Surprisingly, the characteristics of haldi are such that it also alleviates the feelings of nervousness and pre-wedding anxiousness and stress from the minds of the groom and bride. This happens because haldi or turmeric contains curcumin, which is a mild anti-depressant and a natural remedy for headaches as well. Haldi also has the potential to cure upset stomachs of jitters and boost immunity.
Essentials for the function
Making necessary arrangements is essential for the function to run smooth; for instance, one must keep a substantial amount of this mixture ready for the convenience of guests and family members. There must be enough water, mustard oil, mango leaves and other ingredients handy for the ritual.
Also, since haldi is an intense colour, it is advisable to wear light clothes which are not too expensive since haldi stains the cloth and can leave marks which won’t ever be able to get off, although some people prefer spending on clothes to look good and feel special, and most of all, appear photogenic for the wedding album, something that is long-awaited and dreamed about, whether it is our loved ones’ wedding or our own. Recent photography posts on social media have made the haldi ceremony a ritual where you bound to look fantastic and loved with each smear of haldi by a relative.
Each one of us would like to be part of the photoshoot, with smiles and all, appearing to enjoy every moment of the playful part of the wedding, where affection is showered upon the one about to be hitched. Floral jewellery is very much in vogue these days, with more and more women ditching the traditional gold for the adornment of their body with exotic flowers, to bring out the femininity and the natural beauty within them.
It is also believed that attending the haldi ceremony and getting some of that magical paste applied to you. Also, it is said that if the bride or the groom use some of that this sacred paste on their friends or siblings, it could actually help them find a partner and get married soon. So it is a win-win for the bride or the groom as well as their friends or unmarried siblings or cousins.
We ought to be blessed to have a ritual which enables us to bring in touch with our ancient roots and make them be wed feel on the top of the world during each an every ceremony. Haldi is a full-on relaxing ritual where the bride or the groom are pampered and beautified and also blessed by their elders for a happy married life. The ceremony is also a not to be missed opportunity to come closer to our loved ones one last time before they are married, in the case of the bride, before she leaves her home to make her home at her husband’s place. It can be regarded as one of the most meaningful rituals of the Hindu marriage ceremony, and indeed a ritual to be looked forward to because of its numerous hidden significances.
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