Traditional Haldi Wedding Photography in Kent – Jaemi and Viresh’s Indian wedding celebrations last month were spread over a few days. After their civil wedding in Archbishops Palace, Maidstone, and just before their Hindu wedding ceremony in Lingfield Park, it was time for Colours Photo to carry out Jaemi’s Traditional Haldi Wedding Photography in Kent.
Haldi ceremony is also referred to as Pithi (turmeric) ceremony. These rituals are about ensuring that the couple are radiant and glowing for that very special day, and involve family members ‘preparing’ the bride and groom (in their respective homes) for the forthcoming wedding. They apply a paste made from a number of things which can include herbs, vegetable oils and primarily turmeric on the face, arms and feet of the bride and the groom. The ingredients used in this ceremony are known to be good for the complexion and have been used through the ages. It’s almost like an ancient Indian Spa Treatment! All the ingredients for the ceremony are separately put in decorative bowls and are traditionally applied by brushes made of grass. The family members apply the haldi symbolically to the bride/groom’s feet, knees, hands, shoulders and head seven times from bottom to top, and then top to bottom. This is accompanied by the singing of folk songs. The Ganesh Pooja and Grah Shanti and were also performed. The haldi ceremony is a light-hearted, fun tradition, before the serious business of the Indian wedding. Here are some images from the Jaemi’s pithi ceremonies, watch out for the wedding story part 3 soon – covering Viresh’s pithi!