It’s not a typical Trini Indian Wedding unless these 9 things happen

 If you’re ever in Trinidad and Tobago, don’t miss the bacchanal of a typical Trini Indian (usually Hindu) wedding. Here are 9 things that may happen while you’re there.

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1. The wedding lasts a long time.

Unlike traditional Western-style weddings that wrap up in one day, Hindu weddings in Trinidad and Tobago are marathon affairs. The wedding ceremony will be long and seem never ending so bring something to keep you busy, especially during the frequent wardrobe changes of the blushing bride or dulahin.

2. Guests, please dress to kill.

Ladies, now is your time to shine. Literally. Go bold with blinding, sequined shalwars, gharasas, and saris that you can pick up at any Indian expo that dot the big island. Guys, wear whatever you want.

3. Maticoor night is when ladies “get away.”

If you’re invited to Maticoor night on the Friday before the wedding ceremony, prepare for some raunchy action. On Ladies Night, mommies, aunties, and grannies can get very creative with baigan (eggplant) to show the bride what she can expect on her wedding night.

4. The groom arrives in style.

On the day of the official wedding ceremony (usually a Sunday), the groom or dulaha will arrive at the bride’s house in style, in a souped-up Benz, Audi, or traditional bull cart garlanded in marigold flowers, accompanied by a banging entourage that includes a music truck and full tassa band.

5. The plates are biodegradable.

At the wedding meal, take a freshly washed banana leaf, find a seat at the table, and wait to be served handfuls of silky paratha roti,  huge dollops of rice, dhal, vegetable curries, even dessert (sweet rice) on any free space on your leaf-plate. Go easy on the mother-in-law. This homemade pepper/chili sauce can be lethal. When you’re done, fold your leaf and throw away in the bin/bag provided. Now isn’t that easy and environmentally friendly?

6. There’s always tassa.

Learn how to throw waist to the beat of tassa. Don’t worry, you’ll hear the boom and crashing cymbals from a mile away. If you’re young, single, and female, you will be pulled on the dance floor and you will be expected to rotate your hips and wine down to the ground to the throbbing drum beat.

7. The rest of the playlist is nothing short of eclectic.

The hired music truck will blast Bollywood songs, chutney, dancehall, soca, and 80s rock until the wee hours of the morning. It will be more bass than song so that everything vibrates, even your teeth. Car alarms will go off nonstop. The rest of the evening will be punctuated by the DJ shouting, “Wheel!” P.S. if you weren’t invited to the wedding and you call the police to shut off the music on a Sunday night at 10pm, the DJ will say, “I is a registered DJ and I playing until 1am!”

8. Drinks are stored in car trunks.

If it’s a strict Hindu wedding, that means no alcohol on the premises. However, leave it to Trinis to find a loophole. If you see a group of men standing around the back of someone’s car parked right in front of the bride or groom’s house, you know they’re knocking back Forres Park or Johnny Walker from styrofoam cups. Drunkies may end up dancing in the middle of the road or fighting in a drain.

9. It ends in (happy?) tears.

When it’s time for the bride to leave her family, expect to see her mother clutching her dramatically and bawling her eyes out while the dulahin fights back tears and tries not to smudge her fahbulous eye makeup.

Photos: © Live Lyfe Photography

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16 thoughts on “It’s not a typical Trini Indian Wedding unless these 9 things happen

  1. Haha , I’ve attended a few Indian weddings – in South Africa and in India – and some of these are familiar to me, like dressing to kill and weddings lasting a long time. Love the idea of eating in banana leaves though 🙂

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  2. Yes! Sequins and old ladies demonstrating sexual intercourse with an eggplant! This sounds like the best party ever. I would go to T&T just for this.

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  3. This is such a fun post. I had a Hindu wedding in India and yes some similarities but a lot of differences. I cant imagine how the “maticoor ” night would have been with my family. Akward I suppose??

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  4. This was a fascinating read – I knew Indian weddings went on for a few days, but the whole elder female relatives showing the bride to be whats going to happen via the use of eggplants was a little shocking. Are women really that sheltered that they need such an awkward lesson in a public forum – or is it just a matter of tradition?

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    1. Hey Vicki, the eggplant story is not as risque as it sounds. It’s all in fun and jest and nothing too crazy happens. I think it’s a tradition to lighten up the mood and help the bride deal with any pre-wedding jitters.

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  5. This sounds amazing! I’ve heard that indian weddings are quite long but I had no idea about any of these other traditions. Sounds like an incredibly lively affair. If I ever get invited to a wedding in T&T I’ll know what expect now!

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  6. How interesting these traditions are! I love the fact that women can wear outfits with beautiful bling. Drinks stored in trunks also sounds interesting! I love hearing about weddings in different countries and found your article fascinating.

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    1. I guess the similarities stem from a shared culture. A lot of Indo-Trinidadians hold on to their Indian culture and also watch a lot of Bollywood movies/Indian soaps/Indian media to keep up with the newest trends!

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