Australia is located in the Southern Hemisphere comprising the mainland of the Australian continent, island of Tasmania and numerous smaller islands. It is the world’s sixth-largest country by total area. Some of the largest cities are : Syndey, Melbourne, Canberra, Perth and Brisbane.
Australia is the world’s 13th-largest economy and a highly developed. Australia ranks highly in many international comparisons such as quality of life, health, education, economic freedom, and the protection of civil liberties and political rights.
Indian matrimony in Australia is conducted as much as possible in same traditional manner as they are in India. Australian Government initiatives encourage and promote racial harmony based on a policy of multiculturalism. As per a 2005 survey, 24% of Australians were found to be born elsewhere. When it comes to marrying, Indian NRIs living in Australia prefer Indian girls for marriage. However, Inter-racial and inter-cultural matrimonies are also common.
As per the traditions of each community, the Indian wedding is divided into pre-wedding ceremonies (ladies sangeet, cocktail), marriage day ceremonies and the post-wedding ceremonies. Increasingly, current generation has started to include Western features into their weddings, such as speeches, bachelor party and wedding cake etc.
The wedding traditions right from rituals and customs, wedding attire and wedding food exhibits the flavor of the community and the region of India from where the bride’s and the groom’s families belong. Indian marriages in Australia are always celebrated with great fun, enthusiasm and happiness.
The wedding day is usually conducted in house backyards, temples, hotels or community halls. Brides embellish themselves by putting Indian gold (kundan) and diamond jewelry. They apply henna to color hands and feet, and undergo various bridal makeups. The Bride typically wears a bridal lehnga or saree. The groom typically wears a traditional dress like sherwani or a designer suit.