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Thrupti Shivakumar Round II Introduction ATTENTION-GETTER Im sure all of you have attended a wedding before whether it was a sibling a parent a best friend or just an acquaintance Marriage is one of the greatest days in a persons life Well today I am going to open your eyes to a different type of marriage- the Indian marriage Thesis Indian marriages follow three major steps Preview First there is a hand-painting function the night before the marriage Next the actual wedding ceremony takes place Finally there is a reception to conclude the marriage Sources Some of my information comes from a book by Carolyn Mordecai named Weddings Dating Love Customs of Cultures Worldwide Including Royalty and from an article on a website titled The Marriage Ceremony off of wwwvivaahaorg Body IFirst of all a hand-painting ceremony called the Mahendi function takes place A The brides family lavishly puts together a fun gathering for the bride her friends and sisters The main idea of the function is to put henna on the girls hands so they can look decorated for the wedding Henna is a herbal dye that is put on the body It dyes the skin and the color remains for up to three weeks B Music laughter and dancing fill this evening while all the women and girls enjoy the night without the men 2 As the night winds down the girls become sad realizing that this is their last night of such a carefree single life They are in fact losing one of their girls to a man 1 This function is like a bachelorette party in an American wedding The women open presents play games and sometimes even have a stripper There is a lot of excitement surrounding this atmosphere Transition Even though the bride enjoyed the last moments of
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