Marriage Ceremony


Kaipidutham - Betrothal Ceremony by blessing the hands of the uncles of bride and bridegroom by the priest

My-lanchi Ideel - Beautification of the palms and feet of bride by the leaves from "Mylanchi" shrub on the eve of marriage. This signifies the purification of hands and feet from the original sin committed by Adam and Eve.

Antham Charthal (Chantham Charthal) - Purification or beautification of the bridegroom by shaving face and bathing with oils, etc on the eve of marriage.

Icha-Pad~ Kodukkal - Ceremony of giving sweet pudding to the bride and groom in their home after the beautification ceremony.

Nada Vili - Cheers (NaDa NaDaaye..., NaDa NaDa NaDa) given to the bride and bridegrrom while going home from the church after the marriage (It also serves to alert the wedding receptionists to complete their final touches).

Thali - Thali is a Golden cross made up of 21 minute buds embossed on it distinguishes itself from thalis of other Christians and non-Christians. Using of a thread made up of seven yarns taken from the bridal veil, for the tying of thali.

 Nellum Neerum - Sign of cross done using the blessed palm leaves (from Palm Sunday) wetted in the patty (rice) water, on the forehead of the bride and groom wishing them God's blessing and happiness.

 Vazhu Pidutham - The rite of giving God's blessing to bride and groom by the mother of bride by placing her hands in the form of a cross on their heads.

Kacha Thazhukal - A ceremony using a new piece of cloth given to bride's relatives as a gift by the groom's party (Usually to bride's mother, grandmother, and maternal uncle/aunt).