Parsis Marriage Ceremony

Parsis Marriage

Parsis Wedding traditions and the rituals are quite different from the Hindu marriages. The following rituals are very interesting and makes full enthusiasm. The rituals during the Parsi wedding are quite simple and all the Parsi people get full enjoyment during the wedding ceremony. The Parsi marriage extended beyond one week. During the one week rituals are divided as Pre-wedding, marriage day and Post-wedding ceremonies. On everyday there are special celebrations conducted between the newly wedded couples and among the attendees to the marriage.

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Dresses of the Marriage couples:

The Bride and the Bridegroom wearing dresses are indicates the symbolism the purity in their minds. The bridegroom’s principal ceremonial dress is called the Jama-Pichori or Sayah. The dress contains white colour with a loose flowing, full of folds and curls. The sari of the bride also is a loose dress full of folds and curls. The bridegroom wears the white dress and holds in his hand a shawl. It is the symbol of respect and greatness in India. They have marked the kunkum on their foreheads. The marked Kunkum on the forehead of the bridegroom is long and vertical and round in shape to the Bride’s forehead. The bride and bridegroom hang the flower garlands to their necks.

Parsis Wedding arrangements:

Like the Hindu marriages, the bridegroom take his seat in the room where the marriage is to be celebrated. After the bride comes and seat on the right hand side of the bridegroom. There are two trays of rice keep besides of both. And a small metallic pot containing ghee kept beside bride. Two burning candles put each side of the bride and bridegroom. During the marriage ceremony the bride and bridegroom have each a marriage witness. They should be married and close relatives to the couple.

Parsis Wedding The following Rituals:

First bridegroom sit in the room of marriage place. Then the bride arrives and sit opposite to him and both are separated by a piece of cloth held between them by two persons. Keeping the curtain makes the bride and bridegroom may not see each other. Then the priest united their hands as soon as the curtain is held over the hands. The hand fastering ceremony completed the curtain totally removed and they are made to sit side by side. This is the significance that who were separate up to then, are now unite together. Then the priests pass round the bride and bridegroom and enclose them with a circle of white piece of cloth. After some chantings the ends of the cloth tied together. Finally bride tie the scared knot. After the scared event all the elders blessed the newly couple. The priests conduct among them some games like each other throwing the rice on their heads and picking up the rings from the drip and some other.

Parsis Wedding 1905

The two priests stand before the marriage couple. The senior priest is before the bridegroom and another before the bride. Then the senior priest read the recites in Pazand they are:

“May the Creator, the Omniscient Lord, grant you a progeny of sons and grandsons, plenty of means of provision, hert-ravishing friendship, bodily strength, long life and an existence of 150 years”.

Asking Questions by Priests:

The senior priest asks the questions to the witnesses both side.

“In the presence of this assembly that has met together in [here the name of the city where marriage takes place is mentioned] on [name the day] day [name the month] month of the year[name the year] of Emperor Yazdegard of the Sasanian dynasty of blessed Iran, say, whether you have agreed to take this maiden, [name the bride] by name, in marriage for this bridegroom, in accordance with the rites and rules of the Mazdayasnians, promising to pay her 2,000 dirams of pure white silver and two dinars of real gold of Nishapore coinage.”

The witness relipes: I have agreed.

Then other question to another witness on the side of the Bride:

‘Have you and your family with righteous mind and truthful thoughts, words, actions increase of righteousness, agreed to give, forever, this bride in marriage to[name the bridegroom]?

The witness replies: I have agreed.

Now the questions to the couple.

‘Have you preferred to enter into this contract of marriage up to the end of you life with righteous mind”?

The couple reply at once ‘I have preferred.”

This same questions asks three times, these three times the couple answers same.

Final rituals:

After completed all the principle rituals, the priests address to the newly couple about Admonitions, Prayers and Benedictions.

Admonitions: The priest advice to the couple about their behaviour in life.

Prayers: The priests pray to God to shower His blessing upon the couple.

Benedictions: The priests wish that the couple may be blessed with the virtue.

By completing all these rituals, the marriage ceremony completes.