Himachali Marriage

Marriage is an important ceremony in Himachal. The parents are also the closer elders relatives begin to look around for suitable matches as soon as the child is old enough. Sometimes a middleman is used as a match-maker known as Roovary, Dhamu or Mazomi. He finds out the details about the social and financial standing of the family and the final decision is taken on the basis of the horoscopes. Matches in the same Gotra are not considered very good. When the match is settled the ritual gift called Tika is sent. The groom and his family are invited to tea. On this occasion ritual songs are sung and sweets are distributed. In the tribal areas both the parties exchange Chhang (rice wine) and close relatives are invited to participate in the ceremony. In some areas during the various festivals, gifts of jewellery and clothes are sent to the betrothed.

The date for the wedding is set in consultation with the priest. Every community,region,religion has its own set of customs and manners. Marriage system Himachal is little differ from rest of India. The marriage customs of all district is different from one another. Bride and Groom are carried in Palki. Boy has to wear Dhoti to perform some rituals in marriage. Girl normally wear a suit and Ghagri. Bride is given jewelry ,cloths etc by grooms family. Bride is also given jewelry by her maternal uncle and family. Dham (Lunch served) is one of attraction of Himachali marriage.