Getter: More than 5 pre-functions before a real wedding and more
than hundred thousands of dollars spend on just one wedding. It is not Prince
William or Prince Charles wedding but you probably guessed right, they are
called Pakistani Weddings.
Link: There is a famous saying that “Everyone have to eat
wedding pie in some point of their life sometimes it is fortunate and sometimes
unfortunate too” However, Pakistani weddings will make you love the weddings,
and you will want every day someone to get married so you can enjoy Pakistani
Statement: Today, I will inform you about the most important
part of Pakistani culture, their weddings and also about pre-wedding functions.
Statement: Specifically, we will look at Pakistani wedding
traditions and pre wedding-functions also pretty much everything which makes
Pakistani weddings so special.
start off by looking in some Pakistani wedding dresses and background themes.
the very beginning the main theme of Pakistani weddings are usually red and
bright colors. According to an article from Bina Shah (Independent a local
Pakistani article) bright colors reflects joy and happiness excluding black,
and colors like white and black reflects sorrow and pain. Therefore, you would
ever rarely see a Pakistani bride wearing white or black on their wedding day.
to the author of Mabrook A world of Muslim weddings. Na’ima Robert says that
Pakistani weddings are the most vibrant and colorful. Every aspect of Pakistani
weddings is full of colors and joy. She also mentions about the most common
colors used in wedding functions. Such as green, red, yellow and orange, mostly
bright colors. Bridal dresses are mostly made up of heavy embroidery along with
long cut pants and a long scarf which usually touches the floor.
interesting thing about Pakistani weddings are their ambiance. It is so
colorful and full of music. However, still most of the Pakistani families do
not prefer to add music and dance as a part of the wedding due to religious
beliefs. But, now most of the weddings are consist of music and dance.
the article written by David Carr of Grand Sapphire London. He mentions
Pakistani wedding as a “circus show”. Which reflects that every second somebody
is on the dance floor either they are groom’s cousins or brides cousins or just
bride and groom or the whole family on one dance floor. Even at the dinner or
lunch time you will see someone on the dance floor. Pakistani music is fun yet
sometimes could be annoying too, due to its loudness and the usage of
instruments. However, the loud music and non-stop dance performances makes
Pakistani weddings so special.
Now that we have learned a little about Pakistani wedding dresses and the ambiance
of them. Let’s take a look at the most important wedding ceremony in Muslim
weddings are well known because of their month long function and a lot of
of the most notable aspects of Pakistani weddings are their long functions
which usually takes months or sometimes even a year. In the early times most of
the weddings were usually only considered of “Nikkah” the day when bride and
groom actually get married and sign the agreement. Due to the emergence of
Indian, Muslim and western culture the list of pre-wedding functions list
started to get long and now there are more 7 function for just one wedding such
as mehindi, rasm e hina, dholak, bridal shower and valima. However, the most
important ceremony is Nikkah.
important part of any Pakistani Wedding is “Nikkah”. Which is a final agreement
between bride’s family and a groom’s family. According to an article from House
of Pakistan mentions that ” Nikkah is an Islamic act, is observed by close
relatives and family in the presence of an official “imam” licensed by the
government”. It is also known as official marriage day.
the Nikkah ceremony, groom wears white suit or most likely “shalwar kameez” and
bride wears simple red dress with little bit of jewelry.
is usually only consider close family and friends mostly adults. In the end of
the Nikkah all adults stand up and pray for bride and groom. Also, adults tie a
“Imam Zamil” on bride and groom’s hands to protect them from any evil spirits.
Lastly, we will talk about the Pakistani food and the
last occasion of month long wedding.
culture have their own different food and the way of cooking it. Pakistani
weddings are known for their food collection. Especially, in weddings, there
are usually more than 6 dishes to choose from excluding dessert and salads.
most Pakistani weddings food is served in the end of the wedding or any
function. It is usually a buffet system, everybody takes as much they want.
Food is usually consider of salad bar, 6 main dishes along with bread and about
3 desert choices, not including a wedding cake.
a. Food makes Pakistani weddings most memorable
and unique.There are so mnay dishes to choose from and never ending food. The
dishes that are most common in weddings are consist of Briyani ( spicy chicken
rice) curry, tikka, lamb kababs, Chinese rice and karahi ghost. Desserts are
most likely consider of gulab jamun, kheer and custard.
last occasion of the month long wedding is called “valima”. When bride goes to
groom’s house and also known as a reception.
According to an article from House of
Pakistan “The Valima
ceremony is the final dinner organized by the wedded
couple after their marriage is consumed and publicized”. It is organized by the
groom’s family for the bride’s family. The basic purpose is to just celebrate
the life long commitment between two families.