Mangni: This is the engagement ceremony where the going-to-be bride and groom exchange rings. This marks the onset of their matrimonial journey.
Mehendi: The ceremony of Mehendi is conducted at the bride’s home a day before the wedding. The aunts smear the girl with turmeric paste or Haldi to give a glow to her skin and the Mehendi or henna is applied on her hands and feet. The women sing traditional folk songs. After this ritual, the bride cannot move out of the house until her marriage.
Mahr: This custom involves welcoming the Baraat. The groom arrives at the venue with his family and friends along with a band of musicians. The groom is welcomed and then made to share a glass of juice with the bride`s brother. The sisters of the bride then play pranks by playfully hitting the guests with bouquets of flowers.
This is followed by prayers, dinner and Aarsimashaf. The dinner or daawat is a lavish affair with a huge spread of food. Here too, the men and women dine separately. Post-feast, the newly-weds sit together for the first time. They cover their heads and repeat prayers after the Maulvi. The holy Quran is now placed between the couple and they can see each other through mirrors.