(Garhwali Wedding Folk Songs, Himalayan Wedding Folk Songs, Indian Wedding Folk Songs)
In Garhwal, India, Afghanistan, Pakistan, the groom side takes the wedding procession to the bride house/village or wedding place. the groom usually rides on the horse. In old age the groom family used to arrange horses for groom, for Guru or main Pundit Jee, and for the maternal uncle of the groom..Today, cars and buses replaced the tradition of horses
Similarity between beliefs of Garhwali and Bulgarian Marriage Procession
There is a very specific similarity between the Bulgarian marriage procession and Garhwali wedding procession . No both community, the bride or groom should no see the face of orher bride or groom . Therefore, every care is taken the two marriage party processions dont meet at one place..If at all the two marriage processions meet , one marriage party will sit on the either side of the road that there is no head on of two marriage parties and all care is taken that bride/groom don't see other bride /groom
Importance of Horse Shoes in Irish wedding and Garhwali wedding
In old Garhwali custom , the horseshoe was put in the pocket of groom. The horse shoe is to finish the bad luck (unwanted happenings) and bringing good luck for all. same way, in Irish wedding customs "U" shaped horse shoe is carried by bride Later on this horse shoe is nailed up over newlywed's door.
In modern Irish , the horse shoe is not taken from stable but wear a small fabric horse shoe
The Garhwali Wedding Folk Song for Starting Marriage Procession
There is folk song at the time of starting the groom wedding procession towards bride village. In this song, the groom is compared with lord Ram proceeding towards Swayamber of Seeta.
The groom is asked to win the Swayambar of Seeta. The groom is cautioned to be brave and keep intact the honor of the family and mother by winning Seeta jee.insymbolic way
बरात पैटद दैंकू मांगळ (The Song of Starting the Marriage Procession)