In Hinduismwhen a girl gets married she adorns herself with certain pieces of jewelry and observes special customs to make her marital status obvious. Just as a many western women wear the wedding ring after marriage, the married Hindu girl, according to the tradition, wears the mangalsutrabangles, nose and toe rings and a red bindi —a spot kumkum powder or vermilion on her forehead symbolizing not only her rite of passage from a girl to a married woman, but also her heightened position in society as an adult who is respected and is capable of running a household. With the household regarded as a microcosm of the society at large, this is indeed a significant responsibility.
When I was younger I would often see Bollywood films and see the actresses wearing the most beautiful traditional Indian nose rings, particularly in the wedding scenes. My mum would tell me that this is what I could have for my wedding day, I was so excited. She explained how the nose ring would go from the left side of your nose all the way to your earring.
For as long as couples have been getting married, the rites and customers of their cultures have played a pivotal role in their marriage ceremonies. In fact some traditions which are still incorporated into ceremonies today are believed to be thousands of years old. For example with no beginning and no end, bygone civilisations such as the Egyptians believed rings represented holiness, unity and peace — a belief that still exists in
Were it not for Sunday, Oct. Fortunately, she already has her wedding dress. It arrived on time from India, in all its vibrantly coloured glory, the deep red and royal blue set off by intricate hand-sewn embroidery in silver and gold.
The art of adornment goes back to primitive man who used, for decoration, flowers and beads, carved wood, shell, bone and stone. The material used changed in time to ivory, copper and semi-precious stones and then to silver, gold and precious stones, but our rich tribal heritage can be seen in the flower motif which is basic to Indian jewellery designs even today. Indian jewellery is as old as Indian civilisation itself.
Although the wedding ring is seen as one of the most universal symbols in the world, how it is made and worn varies across different cultures and religions. While marriage is something we find in almost every country around the world, each culture follows its own traditions when it comes to wedding clothes, color themes, blessing rituals, wedding food, and so on. Although Egypt is regarded as the birthplace of the modern wedding ring, the tradition was actually adopted in Neanderthal times.