Now that you’ve seen the quintessential rituals that happen in a typical Tamil Matrimony, you’d be mistaken if you think that the festivities end there. The post wedding rituals themselves hold a lot of rich traditions. Let’s go on and have a quick look at the post-wedding rituals in a Tamil Matrimony.
Sammandhi Mariyadhai – The exchange of gifts!
The post wedding rituals in a Tamil Matrimony set about with the “Sammandhi Mariyadhai” where the bride’s family and the groom’s family exchange gifts with each other thus showing their love towards each other’s family. Post this ritual, the bride embarks on a journey to the groom’s house.
Grihapravesam – The bride entering the groom’s house
This Tamil Matrimony ritual marks the bride entering the groom’s house for the first time. The groom’s mother welcomes the bride by performing an “Aarthi” while the bride and groom stand at the doorstep of the groom’s house. The bride tips over a jar of rice and enters the groom’s house. She places her right foot first as it is considered auspicious.
Vilayadal – The fun games!
The Vilayadal is a Tamil Matrimony ritual wherein the groom’s sister gifts the bride with meaningful presents. The bride and the groom then sit and enjoy wedding games with the relatives cheering them. To quote a game, the bride and the groom will continuously be rolling a coconut between them and when a person in the crowd counts up to three, the bride and the groom should quickly reach and grab the coconut. Usually the bride is allowed to use both the hands while the groom is allowed to use only one hand. Many other games similar to this are played in the vilayadal ritual to ease up the tension between the bride and the groom.