The Punjabi community belongs to an ethnic group of people predominantly inhabitant of the Punjab region of North India. Punjabi is the 10th most widely spoken language or the world. Punjabi language has two varieties like Western and Eastern Punjabi with variety of dialects spoken in different sub regions of Punjab. The Punjabi community is hardworking, robust and full of life where the zeal and enthusiasm is showcased in every aspect of their lifestyle.
Major sub-groups in Punjabi community are Khatri, Kalal/Ahluwalia, Saini, Brahmin, Chamar, Chhimba, Chura, Jatt, Kamboj, Labanas, Lohar, Mahtam, Mazhabi, Nais, Rajput, Ramgarhia, Ramdasia, Soods and Tarkhans etc.
Punjabi community is culturally dynamic and vibrant famous for Punjabi music, dance, culture, traditions and vivacious color of life. Punjabis are known for sophistication, warmth and polite behavioral attitudes. Punjabi marriage comprises of numerous traditions and rituals each accompanied by popular marriage songs, dholki, Bhangra, Goriyan and Suhag.
Some of the Punjabi Hindu and Sikh wedding rituals comprises of Chunni and Churha ceremony (bride is gifted wedding attire and Bengals by her maternal uncle), Mehendi (henna is applied to bride’s hands and legs), seherabandi (ritual of tying turban on groom’s head), baraat (groom’s procession), vermala ceremony, reading of ardas in front of Granth Sahib (part of wedding ritual), kanyadaan (giving bride’s hand to the hand of groom), mangalphera around holy fire, juta chepai ritual (hiding groom’s shoes), Doli(farewell to the bride parent’s place and departure of doli to groom’s place).
All these are merriment events involves the family members of both bride and groom. Punjabi marriages are like a big carnival with traditional songs, dholki and bhangra exhibiting splendid grandeur.