SRI LANKAN TRADITIONAL WEDDING & DECORATION CUSTOMS.
Marriage. In all ethnic groups, marriages are traditionally arranged by the families of the couple. “Love marriages” initiated by the couples themselves are, however, increasingly common. Regardless of who initiates the marriage, the bride and groom are expected to be of the same socioeconomic status, ethnicity, and, for Buddhists and Hindus, caste status, although the groom is expected to be slightly older, taller, and educationally and professionally more qualified than the bride. Additionally, there is a preference among Tamil and Sinhala groups for cross-cousin marriage, which is marriage with the child of one’s father’s sister or one’s mother’s brother. Among Muslims, the
NEKATH – The auspicious time
Buddhist weddings are influenced by the Hindu culture which gives prominence to Nekath , the auspicious time. The Nekath is derived from the horoscopes of the bride and the groom which is based on their dates and times of birth.
PORUWA – Ceremony
Of the many traditional events that take place during a Buddhist wedding, the Poruwa ceremony is the most important. Therefore it is strictly guided by Nekath .
Through the ages, many innovations have been introduced to the Poruwa Siritha . The Poruwa Siritha was considered a valid custom as a registered marriage until the British introduced the registration of marriages by law in 1870. Today’s Poruwa ceremony has been influenced by both upcountry and low country customs of Sri Lanka.
Poruwa is an elevated and beautifully decorated wooden platform on which the traditional Buddhist marriage ceremony takes place. When arranged on a grand scale, the groom is escorted to the wedding location by drummers and typical Kandyan dancers in procession and even an elephant is decked up for the procession. The bridegroom and party assemble on the left of the Poruwa and the bridal party on the right. The bride and groom enter the Poruwa leading with the right foot. They greet each other with palms held together in the traditional manner.
The ceremony starts when the couple offers seven betel leaf bundles to the Gods thereby requesting the Gods to protect the lives of seven generations originating from their marriage. The bride’s father places the right hand of the bride on that of the groom as a symbolic gesture of handing over the bride to the bridegroom
- Settee Back
- Entrance Decoration
- Oil Lamp
- Table Decoration
- Church Decoration
- Car Decoration
- Kiribath structure
- Kiribath Stands
- Cake structure
- Wedding Cake
- Champagne Tower
- Milk Fountain
- Jayamangala Gatha
- Magul Bera
- Bridal Dressing
The initial step in any wedding decoration is to select a theme. The bride and the groom ﬁrst has to select a theme that suits there style and needs. There are many different wedding themes to select from and you can always come up with your own innovative theme. Traditional, Western and Indian are some major themes. The bride and the groom can also be specific in there theme and selects themes like Angles, Sea, butterfly, Pearls, Diamonds etc.
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