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Nick Jonas and Priyanka Chopra marry with Hindu ceremonies that began in August

Nick Jonas and  Priyanka Chopra marry with Hindu ceremonies that began in August
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After a year of insatiable rumours and another four months of a whirlwind engagement, Quantico star Priyanka Chopra and singer Nick Jonas have officially been proclaimed husband and wife — twice !

The two paid homage to their respective backgrounds by including a Christian and Hindu wedding ceremony in their festivities which took place last weekend.

They were first married in a Christian ceremony on Saturday, officiated by Jonas’ father, according to Vogue.

A Hindu ceremony was held the next day in the historic sandstone Umaid Bhawan Palace in Jodhpur, Rajasthan in Chopra’s home country of India, ending the week-long wedding festivities with aplomb.

This March 6, 2007 photo, shows a general view of the Umaid Bhawan Palace in Jodhpur, India. The 347-room palace, considered one of the world’s fanciest residences, has been used in many movies as the prime location and was locked down by Chopra for a week as hers and Jonas’ wedding venue. Mustafa Quraish / ASSOCIATED PRESS

“People will need vacations after this wedding,” Chopra was quoted as saying in an

Hindu weddings are known worldwide for their extremely colourful, elaborate ceremonies, filled to the brim with flower decorations, religious rites, social functions that can last over a week. Unlike a Christian ceremony which usually start and end on the same day, a Hindu wedding usually involves a series of pre-wedding rites designed to physically and emotionally prepare the bride and groom for their nuptials :

Aug 18, 2018 at 5:38am PDT

Roka

The roka ceremony is generally the first to prelude any Hindu wedding and usually takes place months before the actual ceremony. Known as one of the most significant pre-wedding ceremonies, it’s considered as a stamp solidifying the bride and groom’s commitment to the marriage. Unlike a traditional Christian ceremony which sometimes includes a question asking if there are any objections to the wedding on the day itself, there are no take backs after the roka !

Chopra and Jonas announced their upcoming wedding with a roka ceremony in August.

In this Friday, Nov. 30, 2018 handout photo released by Raindrop Media, Bollywood actress Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas celebrate during a mehendi ceremony, a day before their wedding, at Umaid Bhawan in Jodhpur, India. Raindrop Medi / ASSOCIATED PRESS

Mehendi

‘An important part for a girl in an Indian wedding is the Mehendi,’ wrote Chopra in an Instagram post. A rite that typically takes place a day or two before the wedding, the mehendi ceremony is one of the most coveted by women within the wedding. Here, all of the women in the bride and groom’s families, along with guests gather while the bride traditionally has elaborate, intricate henna designs applied to her feet and hands. Apart from its beauty, mehendi is known for its cooling properties and is thought to calm the bride before her ceremony. Sometimes, designers will hide the groom’s initials within their designs on the bride’s hands for the groom to later search for.

While the ceremony is traditionally women-only, most mehendi functions today also allow men to attend. Nick Jonas is pictured laughing with Chopra during her mehendi ceremony in an Instagram post, which she captioned, ‘Once again we made it our own and it was an afternoon that kicked off the celebrations in the way we both dreamed.’

This handout photo released by Raindrop Media on December 1, 2018, shows Bollywood actress Priyanka Chopra dancing during her wedding celebration with American singer Nick Jonas at Umaid Bhawan palace in Jodhpur. RAINDROP MEDIA / AFP

Haldi ceremony

A Hindu wedding icebreaker ! Apart from the sangeet, the haldi ceremony is generally one of the most fun ceremonies for guests and families alike. Here, the bride and groom, in separate locations are slathered with a thick paste of haldi, i.e. turmeric powder, rose water and sandalwood powder, by their respective family members and guests. The powder is thought to strengthen and beautify the couple before the nuptials as well as ward off any evil that comes their way.

While Chopra held a haldi ceremony as per tradition, Jonas reportedly did not and instead participated in a safa ceremony afterwards, i.e., a ritual in which turbans are tied for the groom and other male relatives involved in the wedding.

Dec 2, 2018 at 4:57am PST

Sangeet

Open bar, make way ! The sangeet is an Indian wedding’s extravaganza, that can either be made as lavish as a Bollywood movie or instead modest and toned down. As a Hindu ceremony traditionally does not involve the exchange of rings, couples normally perform the rite during the sangeet, the last function to take place the night before the wedding day. As sangeet means ‘song’ or ‘sung together’, it’s a night filled with music and dance and long-practiced performances by friends and relatives of the bride and groom.

Chopra posted a sneak-peek of her and Jonas’ sangeet on Instagram. The post included a video of clips showcasing a spectacular event filled with stage lights, Nick Jonas flawlessly dancing in traditional Bollywood style with props, a performance by Joe Jonas and a mother-daughter dance by Chopra and her mother.

This handout photo released by Raindrop Media on December 1, 2018, shows dancing American singer Nick Jonas being carried by friends during his wedding celebration at Umaid Bhawan palace in Jodhpur. RAINDROP MEDIA / AFP

The wedding ceremony

As guests and relatives slowly wake up amidst the exhaustion and hangovers from the previous night, the bride is already out of bed, showered and in the middle of makeup and hair. According to Page Six , Priyanka Chopra donned a sari in red as according to Hindu custom while Nick was attired in a turban and traditional wear.

The day traditionally begins with a baraat ceremony in which the groom arrives on a horse, complete with a throng of friends and relatives dancing to festive drum beats. Reportedly Chopra joined Jonas during his baraat festivities.

Dec 2, 2018 at 8:22am PST

While many Hindu weddings nowadays come with their own twists and variations, every wedding at its core will include a yajna, a ritual conducted by sitting around a sacred fire and Saptapadi, which literally translates to seven steps, but in reality means completing seven rounds around the fire in order to become husband and wife.

With the exchange of rings completed the night before, the groom instead places a necklace, known as a mangalsutra around the bride’s neck, officially wedding her to him.

Chopra and Jonas reportedly maintained a strict no-pictures policy during their wedding which means us fans will have to wait longer before we can steal ideas from the couple’s fairytale palace wedding.

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