The baraat is the arrival of the groom to the wedding site. Most grooms will choose to arrive riding a white female horse, but in modern day weddings you will see grooms arriving in fancy cars (anything with a horse in its logo is a popular choice), on an elephant, on foot, or in a pedicab. The groom will arrive surrounded by his family and friends, who dance and celebrate the joyous occasion. It is common for the groom’s sisters and female cousins to tie a decoration on the horse and feed it some lentils before it begins its journey, as a symbolic gesture of how sisters once sent their brothers off on a long trek to marry and bring home their new brides. If you’ve ever seen a large group of Indian people dressed to the nines dancing to loud music and walking down the street, there is a good chance that you’ve witnessed a baraat.

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