Wedding Ideas from Shakkya Studio
Sri Lanka is a diverse nation which is the home to many ethnicities, religions and languages. It has a rich cultural heritage and is also blessed with beautiful biodiversity. Wouldn’t it be fascinating to start a new chapter of your life (as everyone says) from such an exotic place?
The sub continental countries are known for their vibrant colors, glitzy decorations, foot-tapping music and crazy dance in all its cultural, religious and social festivals. Marriage is not only a mere social ceremony here;rather it is practiced and celebrated as a grand occasion. People dance madly with joy on loud and pompous music tracks in wedding ceremonies. All the guests irrespective of their age and gender display exhilarating amount of enthusiasm. Marriage is not only a symbol of romance and an institution to facilitate a union which is sacred in all its sense, but is also a grand event marked by unparalleled joy and fun.
Sri Lanka is not only a beautiful country but one with the perfect weather for a romantic evening with your spouse. With more than half of the year witnessing rains- yalamonsoon (May to July)and mahaamonsoon (October to January)- the climate is mostly cool and soothing, complementing the sea-side serenity.
An interesting fact about Sri Lanka is that while their average wage is less that $3000 a year, most of the high-society Lankans spend more than $30000 in a wedding party of their lifetime. Yes, that is a true fact indeed. Rich families don’t hesitate to spend big on their children’s wedding. Let us take a look on some of the events and features of a typical lavish Sri Lankan wedding.
Formed from the combination of two words kanya, meaning a virgin girl, and daan, meaning donation, kanyadaan is one of the most vital rituals in Hindu culture. The literal meaning of kanyadaan (gift of a girl) signifies the custom in which a girl is gifted by a father to a groom. As the verses are read, the beloved daughter is given away by the parents to the groom and his family. Kanyadaan is a pious as well as an emotional affair in which, the father officially gives away his rights and duties towards his daughter to the groom. This ritual is considered to be very auspicious. It is a dutiful ritual which is said to bring fortune while relieving the parents of the bride from all the sins. Kanyadaan is done when the father places the right hand of his daughter in the right hand of the groom and the mother pours holy water on the palms of the bride and the groom. Then the sacred verses are read. This way the father gives his daughter as a gift to the groom.
In societies which are known for their joint family setup, effects of a wedding aren't restricted to the concerned bride and groom but extend to family and friends who are equally a part of the new change brought in by the union. The Hindu wedding system which derives its validity from sacred scriptures more than four thousand years old believe in such communitarian relationship. It is said that marriages lead to the union of physical as well as mental, emotional, social and spiritual goals. No wonders that married life features as an important phase of a Hindu life. It is an important step in the journey towards ultimate salvation.
Shopping for a wedding dress could seem fun, but it can become quite a daunting task if one doesn’t have a clue of what they want to buy or should buy.If your wedding is going to be cultural and high on traditions and customs,then you need to blend it with a traditional dress that represents your heritage,like bright colored sari or a silk kimono will suffice.But, you might consider being innovative and add a nice creative and original touch to your appearance. Don’t forget to consider the season as that might affect your gown. If summer, then search for lightweight dresses to keep you from feeling hot and sticky. For colder months, go for heavier materials.
The day of the wedding happens to be the busiest day. No matter how well prepared you might think you are, you will always run after things which might be seem very trivial to you but may turn out to be the most significant ingredient of your perfect wedding. At the most crucial time, in the heap of clothes and accessories you might misplace that one little lucky brooch that you had always dreamt of wearing on your wedding. And then you may go on spoiling your make-up trying to sort out things and after frantically searching for an hour or so you might sit back defeated and wonder why you didn't book a hotel for yourself and your entourage so that it could have made things simpler and easier for your bridal party.
Breath-taking beaches, turquoise waters, culturally diverse – Sri Lanka is one of the most authentic countries in the Indian Ocean. This unspoiled, pristine paradise is perfect for romantic honeymoons, making it an excellent choice for honeymoon and one of the most sought after destinations in all of Asia. “Sri Lanka is a land of Sun and Sand,” it is said. The island is encircled by over one thousand kilometres of palm- fringed sandy beaches. Sri Lanka has beautiful beaches and fabulous weather. It attracts loved-up couples who flock here for the island’s beauty and interminable charm.
Every time we attend a wedding one of the things we always look forward to is the food. No matter how grand the decorations are or how lovely the bride looks, if the food isn’t good enough then the wedding isn’t good enough. Every country has its own kind of cuisine. Let us explore the Sri Lankan cuisine and the must have dishes at a Sri Lankan wedding.
The wedding industry is booming, and how! Everything about them has been taken to a whole new level, be it the décor which is getting more and more grand and customized with changing times, or the trousseau, which is getting experimental and designer, with changing preferences. The latest addition to the list is that of changing venues. Destination weddings are the biggest fad of the industry at this moment. Be it in an ancient wedding hall in Rome, or wild-ride in Vegas, or with nature in Bali, or against the sandy desert, soaked in royalty in Udaipur - this is the latest trend on offer, with an increasing number of people willing to partake in it.
There is more to tradition than what just meets the eye. They originate hundreds, possibly thousands of years ago, undergoing changes with time and interaction with and influence of other cultures. One such tradition is that of marriages, which has involved into an institution. Sri Lankan weddings aren't an exception to rule. Every ritual, every practice in a traditional Sri Lankan wedding derives its roots from age old customs and each of them has a unique meaning and significance – all, that the heavens unite to bless the couple. As a result of this, they have one of the most exotic weddings. We bring to you a list of things you should not forget.
In Manamahal Varukai which is the technical word used for “entrance of bride” the bride's maid, flower girls and her family escort the bride to the place where the actual wedding ceremony is to take place. Before the wedding starts the bride is made to perform a number of rituals that can sanctify and protect her from any kind of evil. She is made to wear a ring on her left ring and a cord in her left wrist. There is a special significance of these accessories. The Ardhanareeswar, the half male half female god of Hindu Mythology, has its female side on the left.
Poruwa or the wooden platform on which marriage takes place in Sri Lankan Buddhist weddings is undoubtedly one of the most significant parts of the wedding. It bears innumerable cultural and traditional connotations and is considered sacred. Since Poruwa remains such a prominent part of the wedding its decoration and making remains an important concern. A number of beliefs and rituals are observed while designing the Poruwa as it is the site of the union of two people, the very crux of a wedding ceremony. Given its importance, the wedding ceremony is also called Poruwa ceremony sometimes. It features at the center of the ceremony and its presentation invariably occupies the minds of the planners.
Dance and music go hand in hand with marriages. It is a time of happiness, fun and frolic, and these two art forms are worthy expressions of ones joy.The guests may be roused to their feet by the music and dance to it but there can also be traditional classical Sri Lankan dance performances.
Weddings are more than just an age old and sacred tradition in Sri Lanka. It is a colorful experience, to say the least – with the bride, elegant and poised in a white Othariya, the groom in an exquisite Nilame suit and young girls chiming and singing and relatives offering their best to the bride and groom. These are facts that we know of. But,a lot of people may not know that Sri Lankan wedding traditions are one of the oldest in the world. They were formulated, if I may, even before the advent of Buddhism in the country, which is to say around the third century BC.
You know you are attending an exquisite Sri Lankan wedding when you see the bride groom and the bride crowning glory with the AtamuluThoppiyaand the Nalalpatta. For a traditional Sri Lankan wedding, these are the two very important aspects, or rather parts of the ceremony. The Nalapattais the beautiful head gear that the bride wears. It has a gold gem studded in it and sits beautifully on her head, accentuating her beauty, making her look like Her Royal Highness.
Like most of the south-east Asian countries Sri Lanka is a confluence of various religions like Hindu, Buddhist, Muslims and Christians and so their marriage customs and rituals also vary accordingly. As expected, Sri Lanka has undergone a change socially, economically over the years and so have its customs and traditions. As we know, Sri Lanka remained a colony for a long period of time, so it is obvious that there is a foreign touch in the ancient traditional customs. Here, we will look at some of the wedding customs/rituals that have undergone significant change over the years.
The beautiful, sandy palm lined beaches of Sri Lanka are a gift of nature. Anyone looking for a perfect beach wedding location need look no further than the divine beaches here. The location of the wedding is as important a feature as any other in a marriage ceremony. It determines the ambience and provides the desired atmosphere to the celebrations and this is why choosing the perfect venue becomes extremely necessary.