What Is the Jaan Arrival in an Indian Wedding?

by Bonnie Eslinger ; Updated September 28, 2017

The jaan arrival is the welcoming of the groom by the bride’s family when he arrives at the wedding place. Traditionally, this element of the Hindu wedding ceremony heralded the groom’s arrival into the bride’s village.

Baraat

The groom travels to the wedding ceremony with his family and friends. This procession is known as the baraat and the people with the groom are called the baraatis.

Transportation and Music

Traditionally, the groom arrived seated on a white horse or in a decorated horse and carriage. A rented car is an accepted modern substitute. The procession is often accompanied by a band and lively music, with the baraatis dancing along the way.

Fireworks

Fireworks are often set off when the baraat arrives at the wedding location. It caps the joyful celebration.

Safa

The groom and the other male members of the wedding party each wear a safa, a turban made from a single strip of colorful cloth. It is considered the most essential element of the groom’s wedding attire.

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About the Author

Bonnie Eslinger has written stories that have been published in the San Jose Mercury News, Contra Costa Times and the Palo Alto Daily News where she also coordinated the newspaper's social media engagement. Her professional career also includes stints as an entertainment publicist and special event planner. She recently moved to the Greater Los Angeles Area.