If you come to think of it, the institution of marriage holds utmost importance and relativity when it comes to shaping future generations as well as the society as a whole. In Pakistan, premarital and extra-marital affairs are considered to be obnoxiously obscene and lewd, an act forbidden by the country’s dictating as well as leading religion, Islam. Therefore, weddings are conducted in all possible pomp and celebration, making the event one of its kind, lavish and extravagant to the very core. Weddings here include a chain of several events which, coupled together, result in marriage as whole. These events are sequential in nature with engagement being the first and foremost. However, in some cases, engagements do not take place and the Groom and the Bride to be are directly landed to the wedlock ceremony, which is the Nikkah. There are other traditions along with these main events, for instance, the “Mehndi” or the “Dholak” are the fun events which involve dances and lavish feasts.

After the “Mehndi”, there is another event by the name of “Baraat” or “Rukhsati” which takes place. This event signifies the bride’s departure from her home to the Groom’s home. This even is then followed by a “Valima”. This event is organized by the Groom and it is the final/last event of the marriage process, an extravagant feast to celebrate the ending of this great event.

Now let us take a look at how different provinces of Pakistan commemorate this divine event in their respective regions. Let’s start with Punjabi weddings. The concept of engagement, known as “Mangni” is very prevalent in Punjab. The wedding is celebrated with music and drum beats, signifying the moment of happiness in the unison of two people, two houses, and two families.

Balochistan has a different way of celebrating and commemorating the event of marriage. It takes several days for it to conclude, commonly seven days in total. The bride is attentively looked after and taken care of by her friends for a period of two days. The event of Mehndi is also carried out differently. First, the Groom’s sisters and their friends take the Mehndi to the Bride’s home. Then the next day, the Bride’s sisters and their friends take the Mehndi to the Groom’s place. The Nikkah usually takes place at the Bride’s home. On the seventh day, the bride wears extravagant jewellery and ornamented wedding dress as she enters her new house, while her friends and family pay their congratulatory visits over the next few days.

In North Western Frontier Province, now (KPK), they have a distinct tradition of in which the bride is made to sit in a room secluded by sheets, which is followed by Mehndi and a lavish feast for which they slaughter a cow or a buffalo.

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