Unique wedding traditions of Haryana

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Haryana weddings like other parts of the country are very colourful. But there are also certain unique features and customs that make weddings in Haryana distinct from the rest of the country.

A Jat community bride from Haryana has a distinct and colourful bridal look. They usually wear an ethnic long shirt known as angia, a heavy angle-length skirt or ghagri, and a printed veil called orhna or phulkari with silver or golden coloured fringes. This traditional combination as a whole is called as thel.


The phulkari worn by the brides are called bagh (garden). The bagh will be covered by motifs of pat (thread of floss silk) and will be in rich colours.




The bride would accessorise her traditional look with heavy ornaments that would cover her neck, wrists and ankles. The traditional gold chains and necklaces are worn by the Jat community women are known as kathla. To match her traditional look the bride would also wear juties (country made shoes) in rich colour.



The jutti is the traditional footwear of the Haryana people and is also famous in other parts of the country. These colourful juties which are still preferred by many youths are made from locally cured leather and ornamented with delicate silk, metal embroidery designs and beads.


The Haryanvi groom's attire will be a sherwani paired either with dhoti or pajama; he would also wear a pagri (turban) and juties.


The Jats have rich wedding traditions. A unique custom of the Haryana wedding is the dance form called khoria. The women will perform this dance form in which the entire wedding ceremony is presented through dance steps.


Another unique feature of the weddings is the Bhāt nūtanā custom. The maternal uncles of the bride and the groom are invited for the ceremony by the mothers of the bride and the groom about a month prior to marriage. They will have to bring many gifts for the bride and groom.


Before the wedding, a cotton thread with red and yellow colours is tied on the hands of the couple with 7 knots. A day after the wedding the women from the groom's house would ask the couple to open each other's knots. Though the bride is allowed to use both hands the groom is only allowed to use one hand to open the knot.

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