Tuesday, June 5, 2012


Event # 2 : Mayun 

Mayun is a customary ceremony of a Pakistani Wedding and is celebrated at the bride's house. Usually the bride's friends and close relatives get together at her house to dance and sing, often accompanied by drum music. Generally, the bride's family give bangles and sometimes clothes to her friends, depending on what the family can afford. The evening also usually includes a henna where the women decorate each others' hands with Henna. The mayun can last up to late night. The bride usually wears a yellow Shalwar Qameez. Traditionally, Mayun meant the custom of the bride entering into the state of seclusion eight to fifteen days before the wedding. She is made free of all the chores and errands during this time. However, since most women work in present times, Mayun has been reduced to a single night celebration of singing, dancing and applying Uptan to the bride. The bride and groom are not allowed to see each other after the Mayun begins.

The beautification rituals begin during this time, such as the application of Uptan. Uptan is a paste made from turmeric, sandalwood powder, herbs and aromatic oils, which groom's mother brings for bride. She blesses bride and applies “uptan’ to the bride's hands and face. Groom's sister also does the same, and a thick string called a “gana" ( Bangles made of Flowers) is tied to the bride’s arm. “Uptan” is applied to the bride's skin each day leading up to the wedding. It was supposed to encourage a glowing, fresh complexion for the wedding day.

Uptan Paste

It is often referred why would groom put uptan, it is because he can look as good as his wife. though people joke about it but its just a custom. 

Some Pictures:
Green Bangles

Used to put some sweets often called mithai, uptan (tumeric paste)

Bride's yellow dress

Some decorations

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