Pithi ceremony comes once in life. Pithi is the paste that made out of chickpea flour, turmeric, rose water and other ingredients. Since ancient’s times, Pithi ceremony is celebrated both bride and bride groom home separately in Hindu wedding. This entails rubbing a paste on bride and bride groom’s face, hands and legs. The paste when rubbed on is excellent for the skin and evens out skin tone. Family members and friends often times have fun getting the bride and groom completely covered in the paste.
There is a belief that If bride or bridegroom rub this pithi to someone who is matured and unmarried, then it increase the possibility of getting married for unmarried that person.
Pithi ceremony is one of the major auspicious occasions of Hindu marriage ceremonies, Pithi has its own importance. It is a celebration of love and happiness for one who is being married. Pithi ceremony is arranged mostly before two or three days of the marriage. It is so arranged that all relatives come and prepare for the ceremony. Pithi ceremony indicates that now the girl or boy has entered into adulthood and is ready for the marriage.
Importance of Pithi
Indian marriages have calculative and medicinal as well as scientific reasons behind all major and minor occasions. From the very early time when there were no chemical paste to cleanse and purify body to prepare for the holy occasion Pithi paste had its own importance. Even it shares its own importance in modern time as a major ceremony. This is a festival when one gets a chance to apply Pithi own his dear ones. Everyone wants to express his feelings for the bride and groom. Relatives gather and prepare for the ceremony in their unique ways.
Ingredient of Pithi
Pithi is made out of some pure and natural herbs. Pithi made with chickpea flour, turmeric, rose water and few other important ingredients in a marriage Pithi paste.
Pithi ceremony is one of the few occasions that are celebrated in both bride’s and bridegroom’s houses. The near and dear ones of one who is being married are in search of their turn to apply Pithi paste. They rub pithi on face, legs and hands. The pithi paste is gooey, cold and refreshing in nature. It works as an antiseptic. Because it has medicinal properties it lightens and whitens the body. Even the rubbed body parts glove and separate the bride or the bridegroom from others.
In both bride and bridegrooms houses it is celebrated differently and separately. The bride is taken to have a bath. Then she is dressed up in traditional clothes. She is brought to a ladies’ gathering by her maternal uncle where she is to be applied the paste. All the women/girls apply the pre-made Pithi paste to bride/bridegroom. Family members or women singers sing auspicious per-wedding songs that are sometimes remixed with bride’s and bridegroom’s names. Once the bride had pithi paste on her body she cannot leave her father’s house. Even all married women can apply paste on one another’s face after the bride had pithi.
The groom also has a well-planned pithi ceremony. Relatives arrange and prepare pithi paste. Groom takes ceremonial bath and is dressed by his friend and relatives. Traditionally the groom is dressed in Dhoti and Kurta, Sisters in law or Bhabhi apply pithi on his legs, hands and face. After the Pithi session both the bride and the bridegroom are blessed by elders.
People also believe that if one who is being married rubs pithi on any unmarried youth it helps/increases possibility for the unmarried to be married in a very short time.
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