Indian weddings are known for their elaborate ceremonies and opulent celebrations. Besides, they are held in a very traditional manner, commemorating numerous rituals as per the ancient Vedic era. This has sanctified the institution of marriage, making it one of the most important happenings in one's life. Engagement ceremony is one such ceremony which marks the beginning of the wedding concord. It is also knows as the sagai ceremony or ring ceremony.
It is one of the first ceremonies that takes place between the two
families and the would-be bride and groom. The engagement ceremony is
basically a brief ritual wherein the couple exchanges gold rings. This
ensures both the parties that the girl and the boy are now hooked. This
is why it is also called the ring ceremony. This is followed by exchange
of gifts between the families like sweets, dry fruits etc. this is
followed by either a lunch or dinner party.
In some families the sagai ceremony is clubbed with the engagement
itself. This is another pre wedding ceremony, which strengthens the bond
between the both families. In sagai, the bride is given jewelry,
clothes, make-up kit and baby toys, by the mother of the groom. On the
other hand, the groom is put tilak and given gifts by the family of the
bride. A havan is also performed at times. Here also a lot of gifts such
as fruits, sweets, clothes are exchanged between the two.
These ceremonies are performed differently in different parts of the
country and are even called by different names, such as aashirwad
ceremony, chunni chadana, sagan ceremony, magni etc. However, the
essence of all these ceremonies is the same. Besides, quite often, the
date of the marriage is also decided and confirmed at these ceremonies.
These ceremonies thus, conclude with the blessings of the elderly and