The Bhaat Ceremony – Everything you need to know…

bhaat ceremony

Once the ceremonies of Sagai, Teeka, Godh Bharai are over, then commences the Bhaat ceremony. This rasm  takes place at both the bride and the groom’s place, where the mother of the bride/groom goes to her brother’s home to invite him and his family to her child’s wedding. Generally all close relatives of the family take part in the ceremony. The invitation ceremony is also called as Bhaat Nyutna ritual. As all Indian customs have songs and sangeet, bhaat ceremony too is celebrated with the same fun and joy.

After the sister invites her brothers to the wedding, the brothers along with their families arrive at the sister’s house with gifts and of course lot of love. The welcoming ceremony of the brothers starts right from the door or chaukhat of the sister’s house. The brother or mama of the bride/groom is made to stand on a raised pedestal, a patra, along with his family. The welcome, starts with the eldest brother and his family, followed by the younger brothers. The mother of the bride/groom applies tilak on the forehead of her brother and his family and gives them coconut and money as a token of welcome and good wishes. The others shower the brother and his family with flowers, welcoming him to the house.

The brothers return the sisters favour and love by showering her with gifts. The kind of gifts that are given can vary from person to person, also depending on their closeness with the sister and involvement in the wedding. Generally clothes, jewellery and sweets are gifted to the sister and her family. The other close relatives of the sister’s family are also honoured by the brother, as he applies tilak on their foreheads and gifts them with money and coconut.

Here are some interesting Bhaat ceremony songs.

Bhataiya aae gayo…

Meri Nagri me Shor…

Sab Jale…

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