'Nichayathartham - The Engagement Ceremony'' Print E-mail
Written by Dr. Somash   

நண்பர்களே, திருமணத்திற்கு முன்பதாக நாம் நிச்சய தார்த்தம்/ நிச்சய தாம்பூலம் என்ற நிகழ்சியை நடத்துகிறோம். அதை ஆங்கிலத்தில் தருகிறோம்:

''Nichayathartham - The Engagement Ceremony''

The bride's family brings turmeric, betel leaves, nuts and clothes for the groom. The bride's brother then honours the groom by placing a flower garland around his neck. As a symbol of happiness, sugar candy is distributed to all guests. Then, an 'Aarthi' is performed, and a coconut is broken, a ritual believed to ward off evil eyes.

On the "medai" or raised platform, both families sit opposite to each other and the "lagna patrika," or marriage contract is written and read aloud by the 'priest or sastrigal'. The document includes the names of both the families, the names of the bride and groom and the agreement that the marriage is to be conducted and it is signed by both bride's and groom's parents. After this, Thamboolams' (platters of betel nuts, dry fruits, nuts, coconuts, turmeric and 'kumkum') and gifts are exchanged.: prepared by panchadcharan swaminathasarma( on behalf of MIH)