By definition: Baraat (Hindi: बरात) (Urdu: برات) is a groom’s wedding procession in North India, West India and Pakistan. In North Indian communities, it is customary for the bridegroom to travel to the wedding venue (often the bride’s house) on a mare, accompanied by his family members.
BARAAT HISTORY AND INTRODUCTION
In Hindu and Sikh weddings, the Groom is led to the marriage venue in a procession known as the Baraat. In Sikh Tradition, the Groom arrives wearing a sahara and saafa while carrying a kirpan. He is accompanied by family members, groomsmen, and friends known as baraatis.
The use of a Ghodi, or white female horse (mare), as transport for the Groom to the wedding venue is a common part of Indian tradition. Family members adorn the Ghodi with embellishments to match the groom as all eyes are on the two as they make their way through the procession.
A modern take on the Baraat entrance is for the Groom to enter in an extravagant car or horse-drawn carriage decorated similarly to the traditionally ridden horse. However, in order to maintain traditions of the ceremony, Grooms sometimes choose to ride a horse to the end venue.
Wind Chase Farms Baraat horses are highly trained for the sounds of the Dhol Player as well as the dancing and celebrations of the baraatis. The modern Ghodi should also be well trained to accept Drones flying overhead as most videographers choose this method to record the celebration.
After the Groom reaches the venue, female relatives of the Bride’s family greet the Groom and his family. They apply tilak (sacred red color mixed with water) to his forehead and perform aarti to ward off evil eye. He then continues onward to the Milna Ceremony where he greets the Bride’s male relatives.
The music during a Baraat sets the mood for the rest of the marriage event, with upbeat and exciting songs blasting as the Groom makes his way t
hrough the procession. Most DJ’s will have a portable soundsystem as well as a Dhol player. Modern Indian weddings showcase a fusion of Hip Hop and Bhangra mixing in the resounding beats of the Dhol for excitement.
BRIDE DURING BARAAT
Ever wonder what the bride is doing during all of this? Many times, the bride is secretly watching! The Bride is not included in the Baraat because it is solely to welcome the Groom and his family to the marriage site. She joins him for the Varmala, where they exchange garlands to signify the start of their marriage rituals.
HIRING YOUR BARRAT HORSE IS SIMPLE
Like any type of wedding transportation, you don’t need to own a horse to have the perfect baraat. A horse rental from Wind Chase Farm can be the ideal choice! We provide beautifully adorned female white horses with hand beaded costumes. Your experienced handlers will also be traditionally dressed and will insure that your procession is a safe, beautiful part of your wedding day in Florida.
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