Ezhava weddings are thrilling but short and simple. Just like any other Kerala wedding, Ezhava marriages, too, are simple and usually conducted at the temple. Once the Nishchayam ceremony is completed, both the families indulge in the wedding preparations. From buying jewelry to booking a wedding venue, needless to say, lots of arrangements are to be done. If you have attended an Ezhava marriage, you will know the charm that it carries. But, if you are invited to participate in an Ezhava wedding, you will be amazed by the bonding of this community. Read on to know more about it here.
That’s right. Ezhava weddings are relatively short and sweet. So, if you are expecting a big fat and lavish wedding, then you won’t experience such a thing here. But yes, you will come across the Hindu Ezhava rituals and customs that are not only meaningful but equally fun. There are few pre-wedding rituals such as Vivaha Nishchayam, blessing ceremony, engagement and Mehendi. Nowadays, however, people merge Vivaha Nishchayam and engagement and celebrate it as one occasion.
Who doesn’t love food? At a typical Kerala Ezhava wedding, you will find both vegetarian and non-vegetarian food being served. This includes rice, fried dishes, milk products and pickles. It is a treat to enjoy and relish on these delicacies. What makes it unique is that a typical Kerala wedding Sadhya (feast) is served on the banana leaves.
A unique ritual took place years ago in the Ezhava caste before Sree Narayana Guru put a stop to such customs. When a girl achieves puberty, she has to tie a thali instead of a necklace to show she is married to a mock husband. In this ritual, she would get married to a man as per the instructions of the astrologer. However, such thing was banned by Sree Narayana Guru and marriages are now more straightforward.
The bride has to wear a white saree with golden border (also known as Kasavu Saree) for the wedding. She can choose any other color for the pre-wedding rituals and then move to the Kasavu Saree for the wedding rituals. Similarly, the groom must wear a white dhoti for the wedding day. He can choose something different such as Sherwani for reception and the rest of the functions.