1. Henna/Kina night
The ‘henna’ or ‘kina’ night is a smaller celebration that takes place a week or two weeks before the wedding. The bride dresses in a gown of her choice (usually red) and celebrates with her female friends and family. Later in the evening, she then changes into a traditional outfit called a bindalli.
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The groom and his friends also arrive during this time and prepare themselves for the entry. The bride and groom enter to a slow traditional song as young, single women hold candles and walk in-front of them. They then walk in a circle three times and are seated. An elder of the group commences the henna ceremony by placing henna onto the bride and grooms palms, however in order to open their closed fists the in laws have to resent a gold coin.
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2. Maidenhood Belt
A male figure or close relative to the bride (usually a brother) wraps a red ribbon named the “Maidenhood Belt” around the bride’s waist three times before finally tying it.
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3. Opening the door
The doorway is normally locked or guarded by the bride’s brother or close relative. A tip or some sort of monetary exchange is the only thing that’ll allow the doors to open and allow the bride to leave her parent’s home.
4. Declaring dominance
Now it’s time for the ‘legal marriage’ ceremony. The bride and groom will sign paper work and agree to the marriage on legal terms, in order to be presented with their marriage certificate. At this point, or during signing, the bride or groom will try effortlessly to step on their partner’s foot to symbolise who has ‘dominance’ or who calls the shots in the relationship. More than anything it’s a good laugh for both the groom and brides families.
5. Celebrating the Newlyweds
During the wedding, traditionally after cutting the cake, the bride and groom will have ribbons placed around their necks. Guests will then approach the couple, congratulate them and pin money or a gold coin to their ribbons.