The theme of engagement is perhaps influenced from the Western Concept. Some say that the wedding ceremonies take a deeper impact only after the advent of the British in India. But Wedding Ceremonies have been of primary importance to the Punjabis, Marathis and few inhabitants of South Indian states as well. But later on the ceremonious Engagement opened its door to the other Indians as well.
Engagement Ceremony in India is known by different names. In some parts of the country it is known as Misri, while in others it is known as Ring Ceremony, still others call it Ashirbad. It is also called Mangni in some other parts of the country. Various are the names, but the significance is all the same. It is tying the knot with another person, whom you have chosen to be your life partner, for whom you should care, have dedication and also responsibility.
On the day of the ceremony of Engagement, the member of the bride and grooms meet and also blesses the couple so that they may lead a very peaceful and happy life. All the blessings are merged with an ardent well wish for one another as the couple exchanges ring, makes the other an integral part of life, and solemnly pledges to be united in both good and bad times.
Exchange of goods is another vital part of the ceremony in which the members of the bride as well as the groom’s family ceremoniously exchanges goods like jewelry, clothes and good wishes. The dinner party that commences after the Engagement Ceremony infuses joy and merriment to the lives of the two families.
In the Indian custom, marriage is not only the blending of two hearts and souls, but it is a merging together of two families in amity.
Engagement Ceremony is one of the important Wedding Ceremonies in India, which is the most delightful of all the Pre Wedding Ceremonies.