Folk Songs at RiceThrowing Ceremony in Garhwali Wedding

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Songs at RiceThrowing Ceremony in Garhwali Wedding

(Garhwali Wedding Folk Songs, Himalayan Wedding Folk Songs)

Bhishma Kukreti

Rice throwingon the heads of bride-groom is a very auspicious ceremony in Garhwali wedding.Rice throwing is held at many stages.

Apart from Garhwali wedding there are many sects and religions whereRice Throwing is a ceremony as

1- Christian Wedding Ceremony: the custom is originated fromthrowing seeds. The meaning of rice throwing is to remind couple that theprimary purpose of marriage is to make family that will serve the god and Lord.Rice throwing on the newly married couples is blessing for spiritual andphysical fruitfulness of marriage.

2- Morocco Wedding Custom: In Morocco, figs, dates and raisins are thrownas fruitful blessing for the married couples

3-Italian Wedding Custom: In Italy , the sugarcoated nuts (Confetti) arethrown on the married couples

4-Korean Wedding Custom: In Korea, the groom’s father tosses the red dateson his newly daughter in law to greet her and for blessing

5- France Wedding Custom : in France, wheat greets the newly married couples

6-Euroipan countries: In many European countries, eggs arethrown as blessing and greeting materials on the newlyweds.

7- Irish tradition: In Irish tradition, couples are peltedby pots and pans

8- Zoroastrian way of Rice throwing in wedding Ceremony:

In Zoroastrian Wedding,the bride and groom first tied their one hand with each other and the rice isput on their other hand . Then each of bride and groom throws rice over eachother. The first who throws rice is called winner. After this the assemblythrows rice on groom and bride and clap

9-Poland Wedding Custom: In Poland the rice is tossed on bride andgroom and guests drop coins at the feet of groom and bride that they pick upcoins leaving the church

10 Malaysian Wedding Tradition: The bride is greeted by riceand scented water sprinkles.

11-Old Roman culture: in old age, the wheat was thrown onbride and groom as auspicious sign of fertility

12- Chinese beliefs: Chinese believe that throwing riceconfetti on newlyweds will bring good luck to the newlyweds

13- Mexico Wedding custom: In Mexico, the guests in thechurch where marriage takes place throw rice or red beads in the air to greetnew couple.

14- Spanish Wedding: In Spanish wedding, rice throwing isstil practices

These days, rice throwing is supposed to be the medium ofharming the birds .therefore in many regions, rice throwing is declining.

Rice Throwing in Garhwali (Indian) Wedding

In Garhwali (Indian)wedding, there are many stages where the rice is thrown on the head of groom orbride or both together.

After Haldihath,Bathing and dressing up, the women take rice in right hand circulate the handon the head of groom or bride and throw rice in each four direction. The rice throwingis done for stopping bad happenings

The singer sing thefollowing Mangal (auspicious song) :

चौंळ पर्खण दें मांगळ

बूता छन जौ बूता छन जौ जामा जमोल़ा

बूता छन जौ जामा जमोल़ा ए s s s

जमोल़ा सटयूँ का जमोल़ा सटयूँ का ह्वाया मोती वूं

जमोल़ा सटयूँ का ह्वाया मोती वूं ए s s s

मांजी तुमरी मांजी तुमरी मोत्यूं उडाली

मांजी तुमरी मोत्यूं उडाली ए s s s

ref : Totaram Dhoundiyal Mrs Shailja Thapliya , Mangal, Dhad Prakashan for Garhwali song

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