The Haldi ceremony is generally held a day before the wedding in both the bride and groom’s place.
The Haldi ceremony or the Ubtan ceremony prepares the bride and the groom for the wedding day. It is like an in-home beautification process before the wedding.
- It is ideal to arrange the the Haldi & Tel Baan ceremony in an outdoor spacious venue.
- For the Ubtan, a paste of turmeric, gram flour, curd, sandalwood, rose water is made which is applied on the face, arms and feet of the bride and the groom and is generally applied by the sister of the bride/groom
- Auspicious colors like yellow are worn on that day but these may not be new as clothes tend to get spoilt with Haldi stains.
- For the Tel Baan all ingredients like henna, mustard oil, sindur (vermillion), curd, turmeric, salt and mustard seeds are put in clay pots and kept in a plate. Grass is then used to apply these 5 ingredients to the bride/groom.
- The family members (generally married couples) dip the grass in all the clay pots and apply it on the bride/groom’s feet, hands, knees, shoulders and head 7 times from bottom to top (Tel Chadana) and after everyone has finished, the same couples repeat the process 7 times from top to bottom (Tel Uttarna). In some families Tel Chadana and Tel Uttarna are on different days. But if you are constrained on time, you can have it together on the same day itself.
Haldi is a charming ceremony and songs are sung in the background when the ritual takes place. It becomes much fun when it turns into a Holi like situation & everyone starts applying haldi to each other apart from the bride/groom which results in a lot of playful running around and fun moments.