What is a Gaye Holud?
Written from my limited understanding as a westerner having attended this extremely special auspicious occasion: a Gaye Holud is a Bengali wedding tradition, typically taking place in the days before the wedding ceremony. Close family and friends gather to give blessings and celebrate by (amongst other things) putting a paste made from tumeric onto the bride and groom!
The turmeric is thought to have both medicinal and cosmetic benefit helping the bride and groom to 'glow.' Guests take it in turns to smear the paste on the grooms hands and face while giving blessings which is both joyous and emotional to watch. The turmeric paste is then sent to the bride where the ritual takes place again.
Why so much Yellow?
The colour yellow is generally considered to be auspicious and the Gaye Holud is an explosion of bright yellow hues with oranges and reds. The turmeric paste is yellow as are the decorations, flowers and outfits making the event a feast for the eyes.
Do other regions celebrate Gaye Holud?
I had a chat with some of my friends who have Indian descent who had similar ceremonies at their weddings called a 'Haldi' or a 'Pithe' where turmeric was applied to their skin.
Safe to say I was just thrilled to be a part of this special day for Sudipto and his family and friends and excited to learn more about the rich culture and traditions that surround these weddings.
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