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Why do we apply haldi to the bride and groom before wedding?

The wedding season is here and there's a lot of excitement in the air. Indian weddings are full of many colourful and traditional rituals and ceremonies. A common pre-wedding ceremony followed by many is the 'Haldi' ceremony, also known as Tel Baan or Manjha ceremony.

The yellow colour of turmeric is considered very auspicious as per Indian tradition. It is said that yellow is perfect for the new couple who are hoping to start a life full of prosperity. This is why, in many cultures the bride and groom wear yellow clothes on their wedding day as well.

In olden days, when cosmetic beauty treatments and salons were not available, Indians used their own natural beauty secrets to ensure that a would-be couple looked radiant and wonderful on their wedding day. Haldi is known to have properties that leave the skin clear and glowing.

Turmeric or haldi is known for its medicinal properties as well as for being antiseptic. An application of this ingredient before marriage ensures that the bride and groom are blessed with a blemish-free skin. It also ensures that the couple is protected against any cuts, bruises or ailments before the wedding.

Haldi also purifies and cleanses the body as it is known as an effective exfoliating agent. After the haldi ceremony, when the paste is rinsed off, it helps to get rid of dead cells and detoxifies the skin.

Well, some may not agree but a lot of people believe that the reason for applying haldi is to ward off evil spirits from casting any ill affect on the bride and the groom. This is why, the bride and groom are usually not allowed to leave their home after the haldi ceremony, till their wedding mahurat. In some regions, the bride and grrom are also tied a sacred red thread or given some small amulets and other items for protection against the evil eye.

Turmeric has an active compound known as curcumin that acts as a natural remedy for headaches and anxiety that one may experience during the many wedding ceremonies. It makes for a good remedy to calm the nervous mind.

Now you know why this age-old custom of applying haldi on the bride and groom is being followed since so many years. If you know of any other reason, do let us know!

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