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Overseas Pakistan Matrimonial

Rukhsati

The rukhsati marks the end of the wedding celebrations. The bride is led out of the hall by the groom and the baraat. The Quran may be held over her head, and it meant to demonstrate bestowment of blessings upon her. There is much crying at this point as she leaves. Her family members will hug her and mark her departure with kind sweet words. There is more crying. Women usually cry as they remember their own rukhsati or they cry because she is leaving them or just because they want to!

Traditionally the bride would be led towards her doli (palanquin) and be taken to her new home in this vehicle of transport. Nowadays the doli has been replaced with vintage cars, limousines or a bog standard hatchback decorated with ribbons. Before setting foot into the car/doli she will meet with her parents, hug and kiss them. She is then taken away by the baraat. This marks the end of the rukhsati and of the wedding day.

The Rukhsati (sending off) takes place, when the groom and his family will leave together with the bride. The Qur'an is normally held over the brides head as she walks from the stage to the exit in order to bless her. This is a somber occasion for the bride's parents as it marks the departure of their daughter from their home. The departure of the bride becomes a very emotional scene as she says farewell to the home of her parents and siblings to start a new married life.

Traditionally, the groom travels by a decorated horse to the bride's house and after the wedding ceremony takes his wife in a doli (palanquin) to his parents' house to live. The horse and the carts have now been replaced by cars, and in sharp contrast to western weddings, it is typical to see a quiet bride with wet eyes as she sits in the car beside her husband leaving for her new home.



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