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When we think of a South Indian Christian wedding, the first image that pops up, of course, is the beautiful, regal wedding gowns. However, soon after, during the reception, comes the second best of the Christian wedding wardrobe, namely, the Manthrakodi. Manthrakodi or the ‘blessed cloth’ has more to it than being a beautiful addition to the wedding wardrobe.
Manthrakodi is the first gift of the groom to the bride soon after the Minnukettu (Tying the knot). The minnu or thali, as is referred to in Indian customs, is a pendant strung on a chain made by intertwining 21 threads taken from the Manthrakodi in 7 sets using three each. These 7 sets stand for the parents of the groom and bride, the groom, the bride and the Church or the 7 gifts of the Holy Spirit. The Minnu/pendant with a cross, is the symbol of Christianity, on a gold medallion shaped like a heart.
The Manthrakodi is later worn for the wedding reception, and then in future rarely on important occasions until on the death of the bride and this symbolizes eternal love that transcends even death.
What more does it symbolize?!
Usually rich silk with silver and gold embroidery, the Manthrakodi is placed over the bride’s head by the priest as prayers are recited after Minnukettu. This practice implies a lot of things. Firstly, it is symbolic of how all the love, protection, and care of the groom now rests with the bride. Also, it means that the responsibility of the bride now rests with the groom. During this ritual, the female relative or sister who usually stands right behind the bride during the initial ceremony is replaced by one amongst the closest female relatives of the groom as symbolic of a family shift and induction of the bride into the groom’s family.
Why does the sister from the groom’s family stand beside the bride?
This practice is also symbolic of Rebekah. Rebekah, who, on arriving from her marital home to Abraham’s to marry his son Isaac on camel back, covered herself in a veil when she saw Isaac. This was an act of humility, chastity and devotion to her lifelong partner united in marriage by God.
The Manthrakodi is usually picked by the bride and her family though gifted by the groom. Often it is picked by the two families together as is the case in most weddings now. Though most prefer red or shades of it due to the association of red with vigor, femininity and fertility, Manthrakodi can be chosen in other colors too!
Hope you learned something more about Manthrakodi today!
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Are you one of the brides or grooms who is overwhelmed in wedding planning and forget to take care of yourself?! Are you on a constant run and forgetting to take time to appreciate each other?! Are you one of the brides or grooms who is overwhelmed in wedding planning and forget to take care of yourself?! Are you on a constant run and forgetting to take time to appreciate each other?!
- Couples these days are so immersed in planning wedding on their own that they forget to take care of themselves! Let’s be real, wedding planning can be hectic and hard.. and almost like a full time job, but that doesn’t mean you have to do everything on your OWN!
- This is exactly why almost everyone RECOMMEND YOU TO HIRE A WEDDING PLANNER!
- SELF CARE is not a selfish act! But rather it is reminder for everyone to just take time to.. throw on your comfy PJs and sip on your favorite wine or eat your favorite ice cream!
- GROOMS: Make sure to take time to hang out with your boys and have guys night out! *
- BRIDES: schedule for frequent manicures, EAT healthy and be ACTIVE! *
- Don’t forget to take time for yourself, couples! HIRE a WEDDING PLANNER and find yourself LESS STRESSFUL! *
- By finding time for self care, you are not only being HAPPIER but also BUILDING A HEALTHIER RELATIONSHIP WITH YOUR SIGNIFICANT OTHER! *
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It is quite easy for us to dwell on our past, our regrets, mistakes, and what didn’t go right.. or the way we wanted it to be! But little do we realize that the more and more we think and “dwell” on these, the larger it will G R O W. Here’s some things to remember today: ••••
♥Think about whether other people have moved on- evaluate the impact of your mistakes and did it affect others? How are they reacting to it? The chances are- they have moved on! If not, you got to move on with your L I F E! ••••
♥Make a DATE TO DWELL- out of the seven days of a week, you can’t be dwelling on these negative emotions 24/7! But rather set aside about 10-20 minutes one day out of the week to re-examine your life! I don’t want to call it dwelling .. but re-examine yourself! What went wrong and how can it be prevented in the future. ••••
♥Stay A C T I V E- being physically active also helps and aids to bring mentally active! Dig in to your life and see what you enjoy the most and best! Dancing? Jogging? Volunteering? If anything? Give back to your community!
♥With that being said, it’s not really the big regrets, loss.. that matters! Remember, there’s a greater J O Y waiting for you! The light is not at the end of the tunnel BUT IT IS IN YOU!