Know About The Traditional Goa Wedding
Ever read about the traditional Goa wedding? Goa a state ruled by Portuguese for years and years where people still follow the cultures of Portugal Catholics. Most of the weddings in Goa reflect the tradition of Christain culture. Goan’s follow the culture and traditions seriously.
The wedding plans are made before 8-9months before the wedding and lots of money is spent to arrange special events for the wedding. Commonly, weddings in Goa takes place in the months of October through February. Like other states of India, pre-wedding, and post-wedding rituals are followed in Goa. Event fashion brings you out a detailed look at the wedding rituals take place in Goa.
Pre-wedding Ritual in Goa
Mudi (Engagement) Ceremony
The engagement ceremony is done formally with an exchange of rings. This ceremony is done traditionally held at the bride’s place in front of family members and relatives.
Wedding banns is known as conformation read along with religious law continuously on three Sundays. The banns notify the public of the Chruch to know about the wedding of this couple and remains as a request for telling objections if any, in common from the people.
Chuddo (Ceremony Of Bangles)
This ceremony happens on the day of the first bann where the bride’s family is invited to her maternal uncle’s house for lunch. On this special day, a special ceremony occurs where the bangle seller (cankonkar) comes to the house and fits bangles on the hands of the bride who is decorated with flowers while other ladies singing special commemorative songs. Consequently, it’s considered that after Chuddo ceremony the bride should not do any work plus no bangles in her hand should be broken.
Ross (Anointing Ceremony)
In this ceremony, the bride and groom are made to sit in the centre of the hall or pandal in their respective homes. Where relatives and neighbours are invited to apply ross (first coconut juice) to bless the bride and groom. The ceremony signifies the purification of the bride and groom’s bachelorhood/spinsterhood. Finally, the guests are served with sweets made with a mixture of rice, coconut and jaggery commonly known as atol.
Bhuim Jevonn (Ritual meals served to beggars)
Bhuim Jevonn remains as a ceremony by serving lunch to honour expired souls of the house. The main dish of the day is a densely spiced sweet-smelling curry prepared with dry prawns and mango sol made in coconut juice known as Samarachi koddi. Finally, the meals are served to beggars to honour of the ancestors.
Konsachem feast is a harvest celebration that includes the blessing of new harvests. Hence, the rituals are done for the newly wedded couples to be blessed and live a healthy life.
Wedding Day Rituals
Kazar (wedding day)
On the day of the wedding, Indian Bridal wear white dresses and gowns while the lads wear western-style custom suits. Like another normal Christian wedding, you’ll find flower girls, ring bearers, groomsmen, maid of honour etc. during a Goan marriage. If you happen to be there, you’ll also find ballroom dance alongside a western live wedding ring during a Goan wedding. Weddings in Goa is held in church only. the marriage day rituals are commonly referred to as Kazar. In Kazar, the couple takes the blessing within the church.
Oupsoon (sending off bride formally)
In this ceremony, the Bride’s father sends off the bride formally with the grooms family. Hence, oupsoon happens immediately after the wedding ceremony.
Vor (wedding reception)
A wedding reception is also known as a Vor. The marriage is then supplanted by the party which is full of fun and joviality with a live band, ball dance, food and drinks. Also, the tradition of cutting the wedding cake takes place and a toast is raised to the new couple.
After the reception is over, the relatives and guests who have remained until the top, attend the junction of the road and draw an imaginary line called XIM, a border. The bride’s relatives and guests stand on one side of the road, while the groom’s people stand on the opposite side of the road. A prayer is obtainable and needs to be expressed for the happiness and prosperity of marriage.
Appoune (Invitation to the bride’s house)
In this tradition, the bride’s family invites the groom’s family over to their house usually the day after the marriage ceremony or reception. The bride wears a bright red saree or dress called Saddo, and an enormous feast is ready. Both the families get an opportunity to mingle during a more casual and relaxed setting while going to know one another better.