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Pre-Ceremony Rituals of a Sikh Wedding

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Planning a Sikh wedding this season? Or perhaps you have been invited to one? Whether you are part of the wedding or an invited guest, it helps to have an idea of what to expect when you are attending a cultural rich event like a Sikh wedding. There are a variety of meaningful and intriguing rituals and events that take place at these types of weddings.

As a Cottonweed Sikh Wedding Photographer, we have an impressive amount of experience capturing the key moments of a Sikh wedding. Therefore, we would like to share a simple breakdown of the pre-ceremony rituals you may witness or take part in at a Sikh wedding.

The Roka: The word Roka means “to stop.” The purpose of the Roka is to symbolize that the search for the perfect partner has ended- as the bride and https://saiaffilms.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/ENHANCED-7132.jpggroom have found each other. This takes place at the bride’s home where the groom’s family members are invited and two family members are arranged to meet.

The Taka: Taka means “set the date.” Once the Roka has taken place, the family will take the time to set the date for the wedding and any preparations are made for the engagement.

The Kurmai: This event involves a formal engagement ceremony. It is https://saiaffilms.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/ENHANCED-2076.jpgnormally performed at the groom’s place. With the family present, the groom will present the engagement ring. The ceremony begins with a short prayer by a Sikh priest (a Granthi.) Then, a red scarf will be placed around the groom’s shoulder along with dried dates. The grandfather will feed the dried date to the groom. Afterwards, food and drinks are presented for everyone.

https://saiaffilms.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/ENHANCED-1110.jpgChunni: During the Chunni, the groom’s mother will cover the bride’s head with a chunni (red scarf.) This represents that the bride will now be responsible for upholding the family pride and honor. The bride is dressed in clothing and jewelery by her inlaws. Then, the groom will mark the bride’s head with sindoor (red powder.) This initiates a sign of commitment. The bride and her family are offered sweets by the groom’s parents.

As you can tell, a Sikh wedding is full of meaningful rituals- this isn’t all of them! Be sure to check back for our next post about Sikh wedding rituals where we will cover the remaining parts of a Sikh wedding event.