Friday, December 15, 2006

Ros Ceremony

Yesterday, I attended Ros Ceremony of one of my friend Nafisa, whoz getting married tomorrow. I don’t know much about the customs catholics follow. But, it was quite exciting as u come across some different kind of customs.

Its like, on the eve of the wedding day, in the evening an important ceremony is performed which is called 'ros'-oil bath. The ros is a mixture of coconut juice and coconut oil. They say tht the brides skin gets a good glow by applying ths mixture one day before the wedding. Its just like ‘Haldi’ ceremony which v hav on the eve of the wedding day. V too have the same reasons behind it like by applying Haldi the skin gets a glow on the wedding day, also Haldi is considered quite auspicious and its used along with kumkum while performing pooja n all, I m sure ther mst b some scientific reasons too.

Coming back to Ros ceremony, Nafu, the bride and her three bridesmaids (including one more frnd of mine out of *eight– Shilpa) are made to sit….. and three bowls of coconut water is kept in front of them.

It all started with a small prayer by Sebi, Nafu’s elder brother where he thanked God to bring such a wonderful day, he prayed for his parents, for nafu and for all who were present there for the ceremony.

It’s a custom tht, bride’s father is the first person to apply ths juice to the bride. So, Uncle first took some coconut oil on his fingers and made a cross on her forehead. Thn, he took some coconut juice in his hands, applied on her hairs n thn on her face. Same is to be done with Bridesmaids too. One by one all her relatives n frnds has to come n repeat the same procedure. It was fun.... whn our turn came...... I n nimisha enjoyed applying on her face, her hairs and her hands…. Hmmm …. Thodii aur gorii ho jaayegii…. :)) And at last v all poured the remaining juice on all three of them ….hehehehe ….. It was a real fun…

Then ther was a round of slice cakes n cold drinks.. n after tht a delicious dinner. I was getting too late coz it was already 9.30pm n I had to reach virar which takes 15 mins by train n thn 10mins walking to home. So left without having dinner … :(

It was a real fun… :)

Now, looking forward for Saturday….. for more fun n mastii… :)



*eight - Roshni, Grishma, Jayee, Manisha (all married - manu got a babbuu recently), Nafu, Shilpa, Nimi and myself - eight of us r v.good college frnds :)

5 comments:

Ricky said...

Wow!! I didn't knew about this ceremony and you are right, it is very similar to Haldi ceremony but since Catholics are mostly based in South, Coconut seem to be more significant for them, it seems. They say, coconut has 365 uses, this looks one of them.

You guys had good fun, great. Good to know about a new custom.

Ricky said...

If you want to read in detail about the significance of this ceremony, please refer to this page:

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/gulf-goans/message/10280

Mehak said...

So, how was the wedding...update karo...

Urvi said...

@ricky.. visited the link u had given.. v.informative... was amazed to read abt it.. thnx.. :)

Urvi said...

@mehak... yaa.. it was an awesome wedding.. wanna update.. but getting short of time.. :(