These next two pre-wedding events were on the day following the Mehndi. The Vidhi/Pithi ceremony was in the morning and the Garba was later in the evening.
The Vidhi is a series of religious ceremonies that take place the day before the wedding. One of my favorite parts of the ceremony is the pithi, which is when female family members and close friends apply a tumeric paste to “purify” and bless the bride and groom. Supposedly, it is also placed to make your skin glow for the wedding…I definitely felt like a glowing bride!
Garba is a traditional dance that originates in Gujurat (the state in India where my parents are from). It occurs during major events such as Diwali when celebrating the Indian New Year and of course a part of many Gujurati weddings. I had a blast at our garba. It was filled with energy as our family and friends joined in the garba and raas dances. The food ranged from a variety of my favorite cuisines (Chinese, South Indian, North Indian, and Italian) and the live music group was absolutely entertaining. The performances were spectacular among which was Jigar’s friends from Univ of Miami, My mom and her friends with a surprise entry by my dad-which was hilarious, my bridesmaids dance, which I later joined to surprise Jigar. However, at the end, Jigar astonished ME by dancing with my bridesmaids to an old Hindi song from which my parents named me called, “Monica, oh my darling.” I was shocked to see his cool Bollywood dance moves!