The Essential Guide to Mughal Weddings: Post-Wedding Traditions
Welcome to Part IV of our Mughal Wedding Series. Be sure to check out the rest:
Mughal Post-Wedding Traditions - You're here!
Immediately After the Ceremony
Once the bride bids her own family farewell and enters the house of her bridegroom, she is auspiciously welcomed into her new family. Her mother-in-law holds a Quran over her head as the she walks into the home. Prayers and blessings from family elders follow - and so does a huge party!
Saif Ali Khan and Kareena Kapoor had a Mughal-themed wedding reception - talk about royalty all around!
Mughal weddings ended on a grand reception, thrown by the bridegroom's family to celebrate the new union. This post-wedding celebration is called a valimah. Both sides of the family attend, and it was known to be a very elaborate affair!
Similar to today's South Asian wedding receptions, Food and Desserts were a big part of the gathering. Only the most extravagantly delicious foods were served to the guests - since weddings were a rare time of large family reunions across the vast Mughal empire.
The Kapoor family is decked out in beautiful colors and jewels for the Saif-Kareena Mughal wedding reception.
The chauti occurs on the fourth day after the wedding, when the bride goes to visit her parents. It is a happy moment, for she is reminded that she will now have the love of two families in her life.
In ancient Mughal times, however, the post-wedding celebrations were limited if the bride moved very far away from her home. In the case of Hindu-Muslim weddings, chautis often were not followed due to inconvenience - although the bride was encouraged to visit her family from time to time.