the baraat.

The baraat is the procession of the groom and his family to the bride’s home or to the hall where the wedding ceremony is performed. A band precedes the family, signaling to everyone around that the baraat is coming.

The baraat is led by this decorated vehicle, which is loaded with a band and speakers to broadcast the sound. A singer performs traditional songs, leading the groom’s family as they dance, clap, and cheer on the way to the wedding hall.

The groom’s family and friends gather with the baraat band.

A veil of flowers (sehra) covers the groom’s eyes until he meets his bride under the wedding canopy (mandap).
The groom arrives on horseback at the wedding hall, where he and and his family are received by the bride’s family. The bride and groom exchange garlands as a sign of their acceptance of each other as life partners. In some communities the bride’s sisters try to block the groom from placing the garland, crying that they won’t let him take their sister away from them. In other communities, relatives of the groom defend him with a shield and the bride is challenged to reach him with the garland.

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