What is the concluding ceremony In Hindu wedding?
Doli is the ceremony when the groom and his family take the bride away to their home after marriage. The word doli means a palanquin, which was used in earlier times by women as a mode of travel. After the marriage, it was customary for a groom to take a bride home in a doli. With changing times, cars have replaced the doli or palanquin. Earlier, it was customary for the bride's brothers and relatives to carry the doli for a short distance. Now the custom is to push the car for a few steps before it is driven off.
This custom is symbolic of the bride's family expressing their happiness in sending off the bride to make a home and raise a family. It is also symbolic of the good wishes the relatives extend on the occasion.
On arrival in the new home, it is customary for the mother-in-law or a senior lady to formally receive the bride. As she enters the home, she tips over a vessel filled with rice with her right foot so that the rice falls inwards. This symbolizes that she brings along good luck and fortune. In some families it is customary for her to walk through milk-water in which vermilion is dissolved. The red footmarks she leaves on the floor are symbolic of good fortune.
Hindus believe that it is the wife who attracts prosperity. She is an embodiment of Goddess Lakshmi. The footmarks are symbolic of the entry of Goddess Lakshmi. It is also customary for all relatives to give the bride gifts on meeting her.
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