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Haldi Ceremony Meaning & Benefits

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Every Hindu wedding kicks off with a haldi ceremony which is usually held on the morning of the wedding day. This beautiful and exciting ritual is steeped in symbolism.

Turmeric or haldi is well known for its health and beauty benefits, but it also represents purity, peace, prosperity and a happy beginning, which is why it is used in a special ceremony which marks the commencement of the wedding festivities. On the morning of the wedding day, a special paste is prepared and then rubbed into the skin of the bride and groom prior to their ceremonial bath. The paste is made by mixing together turmeric with sandalwood powder and milk or with rose water. And while it is being applied to the face, neck, hands and feet of the newly-wed couple, traditional songs and dances are being performed and photographers are capturing the whole event.

Sometimes the bride and groom apply a small amount of the haldi paste to their unmarried siblings and friends because it is believed that being touched by this magical mixture brings luck in love. And for the future husband and wife, haldi can help chase away the evil spirits, protect them from evil eyes, ensure happiness and prosperity, but also help them achieve beautiful, radiant skin. After the ritual, their bodies and souls are purified which means that they are ready for the main wedding ceremony.

1. Auspicious color

2. Evil eye away

3. For that glow: Purifies, exfoliates, cleanses

4. Antiseptic: blemish, inflammation

5. Wedding day jitters

Many modern South Asian brides may want to opt out of certain wedding festivities such as sangeet, mehndi, and garba but the haldi ceremony is special and can take place in your home.

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