Day 2 of the wedding was jam-packed! With lots of prayers, preparing my cousin for the big day, and of course, the crazy wedding procession! Here the day's event in pictures!
One of the pre-wedding prayers done to the mandap or the wedding venue to assure the successful completion of the wedding. To my understanding, the youngest bride in the family performs these ceremonies. In this case it was my mother, but now my cousin's new wife will be responsible for all future weddings.
The day before the wedding both the bride and groom are 'beautified' in preparation for the wedding. We hold this ceremony where the groom (or bride) is covered in yellow paste made from chickpea flour. The paste is supposed to clear skin and make it appear fairer (Indian have an obsession with fair skin). This is followed by yet another prayer.
This is one ceremony I couldn't get anyone to explain to me. From my understanding, the family gathers a set number of women to bring these (for lack of a better word) pots from the Mandir to the house. If you know more, please let me know so I can update!
The final event of the day was the varghodo or the groom's procession to the wedding. It basically an excuse to dance in the streets. In the US this is usually done right before the wedding, however in India, they have a really big event the night before and another smaller one the next day. As the sister (kinda - only girl on my fathers side for hundreds of years so I get the honor), my job was to sit with the groom. I quickly found out that being the sister of the groom is a very profitable venture because many of our traditions require money in exchange for my cooperation! One of these traditions is that I'm to stand in the way of whatever vehicle is to take my brother to the wedding until someone gives me money.
After several hours of dancing and blocking traffic, the groom is usually left at a friends house to be guarded, lest something happens before the wedding.