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Luhongba or the wedding day is a day long ritual among the Meiteis. It comprise of different stages of rituals which lay the foundation of a new life for the couple.
Heijingpot: An Important part of the Meitei Wedding Tradition.
Be it the food, the fun of teasing or the all important life lessons from the married ladies. In all, it’s the ladies’ day!
Meitei wedding rituals run into months. It begins from the day the groom’s family visit the bride’s house for “haina singnaba” or the Mangon Kaaba; (the go-between) and culminates with the Tha-phaba (or the first-month anniversary luncheon). Numerous rituals and rites are followed of which the waroipot (sealing the deal or formal engagement), the heijingpot (can be likened to bridal shower of the west but is also similar to engagement as well), the luhongba (wedding) and the mangani chakouba (luncheon reception at the brides’ residence) are considered the most important ones. Of the long list of rituals, we have listed out the most important and significant ones here.
The word “Lu” means “root” and “Hongba” means “change” referring to the changing of roots or clans by the woman who is being married to a man of a different clan.