According to Indian traditions, Haldi ritual is organized a day before the actual wedding and is held in both bride and bridegroom’s place.
The ceremony is also known as ‘Ubtan’ in other places in India.
A paste is made from Turmeric, rosewater and sandalwood and is also applied to the bride by her female relatives and friends. All married women bless the bride. The bride traditionally wears clothes that are yellow in color. Haldi adds to the beauty of the bride and gives her a radiant complexion on the day of marriage.
The women in the bridegroom’s house also apply Haldi on him and douse him with water. This ritual is meant to sheer the groom of shyness and also as a good women.
The bride and the groom are barred from seeing each other after this ceremony till the marriage day. It provides them mental rest.
The accompanying traditional songs, dance, mehendi rituals and general discussions on love, marriage and after-marriage commit make the occasion livelier.
This ceremony is a cleansing and purifying ceremony before the actual wedding. Haldi or turmeric is a detoxifying agent; its abhishek makes the skin fair and thereby increases attraction between the bride and her groom.