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Anand Karaj - The Sikh Wedding Ceremony

By September 2, 2009

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Sikh Wedding - Rajnarind Kaur and JangPartap Singh

Groom JangPartap Singh and Bride Rajnarind Kaur participate in Anand Karaj, the Sikh wedding ceremony on Nov. 16, 2002. © Photo courtesy of Kaur and Singh

Since one of our readers pointed out that we've had too many white dresses appear in our weekly wedding pictures, I've made it a mission to find brides who wear more colorful garb and couples who partake in different traditions when celebrating their weddings. After all, there are many ways to celebrate marriage and all sorts of newlyweds. Thanks to About.com's Guide to Sikhism, I found Rajnarind Kaur and JangPartap Singh, who shared details of their Sikh wedding ceremony, which is called Anand Karaj.

"The Anand Karaj ceremony is such an amazing and important aspect of Sikhism that we made booklets for our guests explaining the four lavaans and our first act as a married couple was to sing a shabad and do/perform kirtan and tabla together," writes Kaur in an e-mail. "In addition, we created a velvet scroll invitation with our wedding and reception details, but on the back of it, we had a beautiful outline of Harmandar Sahib, the Golden Temple, imprinted, which is now hanging up in many of our guests' homes!"

What was so great about this week's photo is that I am able to share a beautiful portrait of a bride and groom and learn about a different religion and culture from my own. What have you and your husband or wife done to share your culture and traditions either with each other or with others?

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September 2, 2009 at 4:33 am
(1) Alethea says:

Just gorgeous.

September 2, 2009 at 7:59 am
(2) Beth says:

Beautiful, and I really like your idea to share all sorts of marriage traditions — It’s like a new window to the world! :D

September 2, 2009 at 8:02 am
(3) Nancy says:

This is indeed a beautiful photo.

How nice that this couple created the booklets and scrolls to help their guests understand and share fully in the celebration of their marriage!

September 2, 2009 at 8:19 am
(4) NS Gill says:

I’m partial to red wedding garb, so I love this photo. It appears to have so many significant, symbolic elements, including the sword? veil, bracelets, that probably mean a lot more than the US standards of something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue.

September 2, 2009 at 9:13 am
(5) BWelch says:

Gorgeous-I love it!

September 2, 2009 at 9:37 am
(6) WackyMummy says:

Love how colorful sikh weddings are! What a celebration!

September 2, 2009 at 10:12 am
(7) Terri says:

I’ve never been to a Sikh ceremony – I’m sure it would not only be colorful but also very interesting.

September 2, 2009 at 10:41 am
(8) Daddy Forever says:

Too many people are stuck on white for weddings. It must be a culture thing because white is not the color of choice in China.

September 2, 2009 at 12:35 pm
(9) pami says:
September 2, 2009 at 12:58 pm
(10) Suzanne says:

It sounds like a beautiful ceremony. I would love to attend a Sikh wedding!

September 2, 2009 at 1:51 pm
(11) JJL says:

I look forward to seeing even more of these posts explaining different cultural traditions around weddings. Thanks!

September 2, 2009 at 5:04 pm
(12) Sukhmandir Kaur says:

They are a beautiful couple. The Sikh wedding is a marriage of much more than two people as its spiritual aspect focuses on the fusing of wwo souls sharing one light and the union of the soulbride with the divine groom.

September 3, 2009 at 11:49 am
(13) Connie G. says:

What a lovely couple. I think incorporating more color into the traditional Western ceremony would be a great idea!

October 25, 2011 at 1:50 pm
(14) Andrew says:

I love Sikh weddings. They are so colorful and interesting.

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