ATTENTION-GETTER: I'm sure all of you have attended a wedding before whether it was a sibling, a parent, a best friend, or just an acquaintance. Marriage is one of the greatest days in a person's life. Well, today I am going to open your eyes to a different type of marriage- the Indian marriage.
Thesis: Indian marriages follow three major steps.
Preview: First, there is a hand-painting function the night before the marriage. Next, the actual wedding ceremony takes place. Finally, there is a reception to conclude the marriage.
Sources: Some of my information comes from a book by Carolyn Mordecai named Weddings, Dating, & Love Customs of Cultures Worldwide, Including Royalty and from an article on a website titled The Marriage Ceremony off of www.vivaaha.org.
I. First of all, a hand-painting ceremony called the Mahendi function takes place.
A The bride's family lavishly puts together a fun gathering for the bride, her friends, and sisters. The main idea of the function is to put henna on the girls' hands so they can look decorated for the wedding. Henna is a herbal dye that is put on the body. It dyes the skin and the color remains for up to three weeks.
B Music, laughter, and dancing fill this evening while all the women and girls enjoy the night without the men.
2 As the night winds down, the girls become sad realizing that this is their last night of such a carefree single life. They are in fact losing one of their girls to a man.
1 This function is like a bachelorette party in an American wedding. The women open presents, play games, and sometimes even have a stripper. There is a lot of excitement surrounding this atmosphere.
Transition: Even though the bride enjoyed the last moments of unmarried life with all of her friends, she embraces the following day's rite of passage.
II. The actual wedding ceremony takes place on the second day. Many things happen during... Continues...