Gaye holud:"yellow/turmeric on the body") or turmeric ceremony is a ceremony observed mostly in the region of Bengal. It is part of an elaborate series of celebrations of Bengali wedding. The gaye holud takes place one or two days prior to the religious and legal wedding ceremonies.
For the bride's gaye holud, the groom's family - minus the groom himself - go in procession to the bride's home. They carry with them the bride's wedding outfit, wedding decorations including the turmeric paste (Bengali: holud) and henna (Bengali: mehedi/mendi), sweets and gifts. They also often bring fresh fish dressed as a wedding couple, or desserts molded to resemble fish. The procession traditionally centers on the bride's (younger) female relatives and friends, who traditionally dress in matching clothes. The bride, her attendees, and all the guests traditionally wear red, yellow, orange, or green clothing. The guests then enjoy a feast arranged by the bride's family.Similar ceremony is for the Groom too.
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