Tamilian’s are an ethnic and native group belonging to the South East coast of India in Tamil Nadu and north eastern region of Sri Lanka. Tamil is an official language of India, Sri Lanka and Singapore. Tamilians are generally grouped into Sri Lankan Tamil or Indian Tamil. Tamil is the first Indian language to be given a classical status. Amongst other Dravidian languages, it has the oldest extant literature. The art and architecture of the Tamil people encompass some of the remarkable contributions from India to the art world.
Other than India and Sri Lanka Significant Tamil diaspora populations can be found in Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, the Middle East, South Africa, UK, Canada and US. Some of the Tamilian castes are Brahmin Iyer, Iyengar, Naidu, Nair, Nadar, Adi Dravida, Chettiar and Vanniyakullak Kshatriya.
Tamil community believes in a simple and high thinking, which reflects the style of celebrating marriage ceremony. Tamil marriage is simple, not very showy and extravagant. There are various castes and sub-castes in Tamil community that shows slight variation in celebrating marriages.
The primary Tamil Hindu marriage ceremony includes mangalasnaanam (auspicious bath taken by Tamil bride and groom), kasha yatra (is a dramatic ritual where the groom pretends to leave for Kashi to pray God to start married life), ritual wherein Tamil bride’s father request groom to come back and accepts her daughter as his life partner where finally groom changes his mind and return to the pandaal, Kanyadaanam (ritual symbolizes giving away a daughter in safe hands) and lastly Saptapadi (bride and groom walks around holy fire). Typically, Tamil marriages are typically attended by closest family members of the Tamil groom and bride.