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Indian Wedding Flavors 2: Get Allured By A Goan Catholic Wedding

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A Goan Catholic wedding is an exotic blend of Portuguese and Indian culture. A beautiful bride in sparkling white gown. Bizarre seafood treat and quixotic wedding vow perfectly represent it. We at Wedabout, make sure to make such happy moments happier. 

Wedding Rituals

A Goan catholic wedding can be classified into following three wedding rituals.

1. Pre-Wedding Rituals

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Wedding Rituals start with a promise called ‘Utor’. It is followed by engagement. The Bride’s ring is taken in a special box having an Infant Jesus statuette. Next step is Civil Registration followed b a reading of wedding banns. Next is ‘Chuddo’ ceremony. In this, the bangle seller fits the bangles on the bride’s hands. A day before the marriage ‘Roas’ ceremony takes place. Here the couple is made to bathe in coconut water. This is followed by ‘Bicareanchem Jevonn’. It is a lunch for poor people in honour of departed souls.

 2. Wedding Rituals

Goan catholic wedding

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Goan catholic wedding

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A close relative of the groom, visits the bride’s home. They bring her, the wedding dress and help her in dressing up. Both the families bless the couple. Now, they further proceed to the church. Finally, at the nuptials for the wedding vows. Then the priest enunciates them man and wife.

3. Post wedding Rituals

Goan catholic wedding

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Goan catholic wedding

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The newlywed couple comes to the groom’s house. Here the groom’s mother gifts chain and sadoo (A red dress) to the bride. Then at the reception, cake is cut and a toast is raised. At the end of reception the bride’s family invite the couple. This happens on the next day for a ceremony called ‘apovnemn’.

Wedding Attire

Goan catholic wedding

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In a Goan Catholic wedding, the bride usually wears a western-style white wedding gown/dress. The groom wears western-style suits.

Wedding Cuisine

Goan catholic wedding

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Goan catholic wedding

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Different Goan catholic wedding rituals are associated with some specific cuisine. Roas ceremony always concludes with serving guests with a sweet dish named ‘atoll’. In another ritual, ‘Bicareanchem Jevonn’, a special meal including samarachi koddi (dry prawn curry), Voddes, sweet dish, soji and Vonn are served. The wedding feast generally includes a Sorpotel ( a pork dish) served with Sannas, Goa Sausage Risotto, Goan fish curries etc. Common snacks includes beef tongue, beef cutlets, croquettes etc. Some of the popular sweet dishes are Khaje, Cashewnut laddus, Peda etc.

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