The wedding ceremony, however, is one element all religions share and celebrate with fervor despite the fact that there are many different religions practiced in India. The Malabar Muslim weddings in Kerala are among the most fun weddings in the country. The venue might affect the traditions and rituals observed there. The religious weddings are distinctive in their own right.
As a result of Malabar's Arab and Portuguese roots, its wedding customs are distinctive and influenced by North Indian, Arab, and Nair culture.
A tradition known as Valayidal serves as the foundation for marriage traditions. A bracelet or necklace is given to the bride's mother by her groom's mother. The relationship between the two families is formally established in this act. It is a similar practice to the engagement ritual in North Indian weddings. A ritual known as Naal Nischayam follows Valayidal. As part of this tradition, an auspicious date is set for the wedding ceremony.
A mosque cleric usually selects the date, followed by the ceremony.
The date selection process is typically coordinated by a mosque cleric. In Islam, the Mehendi ceremony (Mailanchi Raavu) is a ritual that holds great significance (Mailanchi Raavu). The night before the wedding, a specialist applies beautiful Mehendi designs to the bride's hands and feet, while her family members dance and sing.
The marriage contract is signed in this ceremony after the priest performs prayers to officially end the engagement. The ritual may take place in a mosque, the bride's house, or a wedding hall.
A delicious feast featuring a variety of Muslim and Malabar traditional delicacies follows. Following that, the bride and groom are brought to a Maniyara and presented with a glass of milk from their bride's mother. As part of a tradition known as Veettil Koodal, the bride's family prepares a large feast later that evening, which marks the end of the festival, followed by Salkaaram, the last reception.