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5 Common Things between All Keralite Weddings

Aug 24th 2015 at 4:21 AM

As many dialects of Malayalam that you will find from Kazhargode to Kanyakumari, there will be an equal number of wedding rituals. It’s not just about the religious differences or the slight variations in the sects. Yes, yes, you will find food nonetheless but the kind of weddings you will attend will give you some very unique, interesting memories. Though Kerala matrimony has become increasingly flashy over the last decade or so, if you’re lucky enough you’ll find a couple or two adamant on a traditional Malayali wedding in all its essence.

A wedding in Kerala is mostly about the rituals, each community is quite involved in making sure that the rituals are followed. They are a socially binding contract with tones of religious beliefs. Now, when you go to a wedding, you expect things on the basis of the region like you won’t expect a band or baraatis down south. So, we’ve worked out a list of common things you'll get anywhere you got in Kerala. At least you could say, “I know that” when you spot them.

Mailanchi/Henna night-

This is one of the few things that Keralite matrimony will have in common with its North Indian counterparts. On the eve of the wedding, almost all communities of Kerala except Roman Catholics traditionally have mailanchi for the bride.


The thaali or the mangalsutra, an auspicious symbol of marriage made of gold is common in all Malayali weddings. The shape of the pendant is almost always like a leaf. The name of the ceremony may slightly differ in various religions where in Christian matrimony, its called minnukettu and has a cross on top of the thaali.


The mantrakodi, the saree that the bride receives from the groom that she must change into afterwards or wear during the wedding. Among Hindus, the brides receives the kodi either on the eve of or during the wedding rituals, the Christian bride receives it with blessing from the priest after the ceremony is over and among the Muslims, the bride receives her trousseau from her elder sister-in-law on the eve of her mailanchi.


This is an indispensable part of any type of Keralite matrimony. Keralites believe in the Gold is considered both as a part of her share of the ancestral property and as an auspicious gift for her marriage. The types of ornaments differ from community to community but certain traditional pieces like the kaash mala, manga mala, mullamottu mala or the bangles, kaap or kambi vala are used by everyone.


The traditional Kerala sadya or feast served on banana leaves are common to all weddings across the state. The dishes may vary according to district or religion, such as Muslims serve biriyani, pathiri etc. for their feast.

With the knowledge of these five commonalities, you can successfully figure out how and where each Keralite wedding differs. Now, find yourself a Malayali friend and get invited to a wedding.

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Apr 4th 2017 at 11:15 PM by Angela99
have two hands for cuddling both of them at the very same time. And when they are doing something as personal as elimination.
May 1st 2016 at 4:28 AM by vivahsanyog
India have different region ,culture and living styles so their wedding ceremony is also different,thanks for telling us about Kerala weddings.

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