Garland Exchange (Hindu and Hawaiian tradition)

In both Hindu and Hawaiian ceremonies, the bride and groom exchange garlands of flowers. In Hindu weddings, the bride and groom meet in front of the mandap (wedding platform), where they exchange gifts of flower garlands before stepping onto the platform in a ceremony called Kanya baran Jaimala. They then wear the garlands around their necks throughout the ceremony. Hawaiian couples exchange leis (the jewels of the ancient Hawaiians) and seal their union by rubbing noses.

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