Malayalam community also commonly known as Malayali/ Malayalee/ Keralite belongs to Kerala state located in the south of India. Malayalam language has the largest number of letters among all other Indian languages with major vocabulary from Sanskrit and Dravidian languages. Malayalam community is known for their architectural designs, performing art and music and unique Vallam Kali boat designs.
While the origins of the Malayali people are in the state of Kerala, significant populations also exist in other parts of India, the Middle East, Europe and North America. Some prominent caste/ communities are Ezhava, Nair, Nambudiri, Ezhava and Thiyya. Christians form the third largest group in Kerala. Over the centuries, they have blended well with the changing socio-cultural environment of the region, becoming uniquely Indian and Christian.
Typically, the Indian wedding ceremony is known as a big fat wedding, which involves a series of customs and ceremonies. In contrast to this, typically the Malayalee marriage is very short and simple. The Hindu Malayalam marriage is accomplished by just observing 3-4 rituals which starts with Muhuratham (declaring auspicious day and time for wedding) and Nishchaya Thaamboolam (engagement ceremony where thali is exchanged by the parents of matrimonial), Madhuparkam (ritual to take blessings from elderly people), Kanyadaan (placing bride’s hand in the hands of groom), mangalphera (taking 3 rounds around mandapam), sparsham (wedding is accomplished after taking blessings of elders) and lastly Grihpravesh (bride moving to groom’s house).
Often Malayalam marriage is conducted in the temple in front of God, however, these days’ people may opt for some other convenient place to conduct the marriage ceremony. Malayalam matrimonial does not follow elaborate wedding rituals, however, marriage ceremony is impressive and worth attending.