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Odisha celebrates its traditional lac doll marriage

  • The wedding ceremony that took place in Barkul on the banks of Chilika lake which had every element of a grand celebration
  • Hundreds of baaratis in the marriage procession, loud music, delicious fare and to top it all, VVIPs in the guest list.
  • Odisha celebrated its traditional lac doll marriage — the bride and the groom were beautiful dolls made of lac.
  • The marriage was organised in conformity with the Odia tradition of ‘jau kandhei bahaghara (lac doll marriage)’
  • The aim of this unique marriage ceremony was to promote traditional folk and tribal art forms and create awareness against social evils like dowry and child marriage.
  • through this ceremony they tried to pass on the message to safeguard the purity of marriage by eradicating evils like dowry, child marriage.
  • The marriage procession included performers of several folk dance forms such as – Bagha Nacha (tiger dance), Ghoda Nacha (horse dance), Sakhi Nacha.
  • At the time of exchange of gifts, the baaratis sought a promise from the bride's friends and relatives from Bhubaneswar that they would plant 5,000 saplings in Berhampur and keep their city pollution-free. 
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