Mehndi

(The Henna Ceremony)

June 10, 2021  5:00 PM – 9:00 PM  EDT

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When life gives you lemons, use them to make henna. With uses both artistic and medicinal, henna (also known as mehndi) has beautified Indian brides for more than 5,000 years. The solution is typically applied to a bride's hands and feet in fine lines to create paisley and floral patterns. The woman of the hour will arrange a mehndi party with female attendants only days before the wedding, much like a bachelorette party. It is believed that the darker the bride's henna appears, the stronger her marriage will be. Unlike tattoos, henna is temporary, lasting three to seven days.  

Vidhi

(The Haldi Ceremony)

June 11, 2021  9:30 AM – 2:00 PM  EDT

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On the morning of the wedding, the bride and groom apply haldi, a yellow turmeric paste, onto themselves for good luck. The paste is believed to ward off evil spirits and provide powerful healing properties.

Mangal Mela

(The Wedding Ceremony)

June 12, 2021  9:00 AM – 2:00 PM  EDT

Hilton Parsippany

1 Hilton Ct, Parsippany-Troy Hills, NJ 07054, USA

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The bride and groom walk around the sacred fire seven times keeping in mind the four aspirations in life: Dharma (righteousness), Artha (prosperity), Karma (love, and family), and Moksha (liberation). The bride, representing divine energy, leads the groom in the first three rounds, while the groom leads in the last four rounds, signifying balance and completeness. Once the couple has completed the four rounds, there's a race to see who will sit down first. It's said that the fastest to sit will hold the dominance in the marriage.

Reception

June 12, 2021  6:30 PM – 11:30 PM  EDT

Hilton Parsippany

1 Hilton Ct, Parsippany-Troy Hills, NJ 07054, USA

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Bring your dancing shoes. 

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