Kanyadaan, meaning “giving away the daughter” in Sanskrit, is the final symbolic marriage ritual for the bride’s parents. During this ritual the bride's father puts a ring on the boy's finger before placing his daughter’s hand into the boy’s. It is a moment in every wedding charged with emotions, as the father lets go and gives away his beloved daughter into the care of another man, her husband, for the rest of her life. This ritual signifies both the acceptance of the bride’s father and his official approval of this matrimony. It is after the kanyadaan that the ‘pheras’ begin. The pheras, best translated as vows, are seven promises made to one another as the couple encircles a sacred fire (agni) seven times. During the circles the couple promise each other happiness, care, courage, children, and of course eternal love. The seven vows along with the seven Pheras is the most important ritual of a Hindu wedding as it sanctifies the union of two souls and gives social recognition to the marriage. Only after the seven vows are completed can the marriage be deemed concluded. Similar to the ‘I do’ in Western weddings,
When this last ritual is over and the crowd is cheering, the couple gets up to touch the feet of all the elder members in the family and seek their blessings for a happily married life. ♥️
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