Vijaya Warrier shared this tradition:
A newly married bride, while entering her husband’s house (in-law’s) for the first time, will first have to knock down a container of uncooked rice, and enter putting forward her right foot first. This is to ensure that she brings good luck to the house.
Adrienne told us of this tradition:
Brides receive many presents. First, a Tamo, which is a golden charm on a necklace (this is similar to a wedding ring). Midway through the ceremony, the bride changes into a sari given to her by the groom’s mother, as a welcome into the groom’s family. The women of the groom’s family also present her with platters of fruit, flowers and candy, which they place at her feet.
Special thanks to Lois Pearce, Master Bridal Consultant of Hamden, Connecticut, for her time and energy gathering the majority of information used here. We also wish to thank the Association of Bridal Consultants for their assistance.
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