(Garhwali Wedding folk Songs, Himalayan Wedding Folk Songs, Indian Wedding folk Songs)
Before, there is description of Garhwali folk song for greeting the groom marriage party by bride’s side, it is relevant to discuss a couple of marriage customs of various regions.
Pre-wedding Rituals and Customs of Bulgaria
In Bulgaria , just before marriage, the best man throws a grand party for groom and bride’s friends throw party for her . In old days, there were many rituals involved
Before the wedding which takes place on Sunday, on preceding Thursday, the mother’s of bride performs a ritual –kneading of bread (PITKA). The rising of dough symbolizes creation of new family unit
The best man makse a wedding banner and the banner poleis made of fruit bearing tree. The rapped onion or apple is hanged on top of pole .There are handkerchief, ivy , colorful ribbon and popcorn strings attached to pole.
Early in morning at groom’s home friends throw barely on groom . the groom takes permission and blessing from parents and proceed to best man’s house. From best man’s house the marriage party reach with joyful dance , folk songs to bride’s home where there are many exclusive local customs to obey.
Cambodian Khmer wedding Custom
In Cambodian wedding the marriage procession starts from groom’s house .The party is inclusive of friends, relatives. The marriage procession is well organized with orchestra. The groom‘s friends or relative take gifts for bride as symbol of support to the bride family. There is ceremony of acceptance after the party reaches to bride house. Once the acceptance is made, there is rites which are story telling of challenges for groom for searching bride, the challenges encountered by groom coming to bride’s house etc. these rites are fun and very enjoyable.The songs are very powerful as there is mention of river, mountain in the groom’s journey.
Welcoming the Groom Marriage Party by Bride’sVillagers in Garhwal
The maariage procession starts from groom’s house with his relatives, friends , father and guru etc.The Das members come along with party playing Dhol, Damau and Shinai (Bagpiper) . There is arrangement of horses for Guru jee, maternal uncle.
When the marriage party reaches to bride’s village, there is always a welcoming party to greet the groom party . There is greeting from Das party of bride side to greet the marriage party at the entrance of village , for some time, there is competition of Dhol-Damau play between groom’s das and bride’s Das too
When the marriage party reaches to marriage hall or house where the marriage party would stay, the women from bride side greet the groom marriage party and sing traditional song. The song is auspicious
The song describesabout people asking bride’s father to greet the groom. The father says he does not know how to recognize the groom. The women folks say that that who will have crown and turban , he would be groom. Then women folks ask the father of bride to greet the groom who is as lord Vishnu .
The folk song greeting to groom marriage party by the women members of bride’s side is as under;
बरात स्वागत लोक गीत
बवाला ब्वालै सगुनो ब्वालै
बवाला ब्वालै सगुनो ब्वालै ए
दैण हुयाँ खोळी का गणेश
दैण हुयाँ खोळी का गणेश ए
जावा पितैजी जावा पितैजी वर न्यूतो ल्यावा
जावा पितैजी वर न्यूतो ल्यावा ए
को हवालो कनियाँ को हवालो कनियाँ वर जी तुमारा
को हवालो कनियाँ वर जी तुमारा
मि छवूं कनियाँ मि छवूं कनियाँ आँखों कु अन्धो
मि छवूं कनियाँ आँखों कु अन्धो ए
आँखों को अन्धो आँखों को अन्धो कानूं को बैरो
आँखों को अन्धो कानूं को बैरो ए
जणदो नि छौं मि जणदो नि छौं मि पछ्याणदो नि छौं मि
जणदो नि छौं मि पछ्याणदो नि छौं मि ए
जोंकी होली पितैजी जोंकी होली पितैजी सीस मुकुट
जोंकी होली पितैजी सीस मुकुट ए
वी ह्वाला पितैजी वी ह्वाला पितैजी वर तुमारा
वी ह्वाला पितैजी वर तुमारा ए
कै द्यावा पितैजी कै द्यावा पितैजी बर जी की पूजा
कै द्यावा पितैजी बर जी की पूजा ए
बर जी तुमारा बर जी तुमारा विष्णु स्वरूप
बर जी तुमारा विष्णु स्वरूप ए
Courtesy Totaram Dhoundiyal and Shrimati Shailaja for folk song