Vidai

The vidai is the bridal farewell. At the end of the ceremony, the bride and groom walk down the aisle and out of the room, with the bride’s parents and female relatives trailing behind them. The bride throws a puffed rice mixture behind her, over her head, while her mother and other female relatives try to catch the rice in their shawls.

This is a solemn event which signifies the bride leaving her familial home and joining that of her new in-laws. Don’t be surprised if you see tears flowing freely during this ceremony, even from the new bride. While a wedding is a joyous occasion, it also marks the end of a chapter in the bride’s life, and it is natural for her to be sad as she bids goodbye. Beware: you might cry, too.