Christian Wedding Rituals

India is a secular country; hence Christian wedding is a part of heterogeneous culture of India. Those of who want to tie the knot according to the rituals of Christian wedding they can come down to India and there are lots of Christian wedding venues in India.

As per the Christian faith wedding is union between man and woman made by God. Though the different sects of Christian faith perform separate marriage rituals, wedding is an occasion for joy and great celebrations. The Indian religious weddings comprise also Indian Christian weddings that have some similarity with Hindu weddings. The north Indian Christians celebrate Haldaat ceremony which is a part of both groom and bride’s home. Turmeric and sandal wood paste are applied on both the bride and the groom. This ceremony is also known as Ross. Among the Christians of western India the coconut paste is applied on both the bride and groom.

The Christian wedding is solemnized in a church, nowadays in beach and other venues also wedding is solemnized by the Parish Priest who accepts the marriage vows of both the bride and groom. The Priest asks the bride and groom a question- "Do you take - as your lawful wife/husband, to have and to hold, from this day forward, for better or for worse, for richer or for poorer, in sickness and in health, to love and cherish until death do you part?" In reply the bride and groom say, I do, "I take this ring as a sign of my love and faithfulness in the name of the father, the son and the holy spirit." Then the holy union is tied by law and a promise offered to God.

After the main wedding ritual, the wedding cake ceremony takes place. There is a grand feast of food and wine and live band plays music. The guests indulge in singing and dancing.