Kanyadaan

Kanyadaan is the literal “giving away” of the bride. This is an important part of any Hindu ceremony, as it captures the moment that the bride’s parents have consented to her marriage to her partner. Many ceremonies will commemorate the kanyadaan by asking the bride’s parents to literally place his daughter’s hands into her future spouse’s hands, or by asking the bride’s parents to pour water through the hands of both the bride and her future spouse. This is a beautiful but brief portion of the ceremony; you will likely see some Indian aunties wiping away tears when this ritual occurs.