Mala Badol (Bandladesh Tradition)

After the wedding feast, the ritual of Mala badol is performed in Bangladesh and other South Asian countries. A thin cloth is placed over both the bride and groom. They feed each other and share sips of borhani (a spicy yogurt drink) beneath the cloth. While looking at their reflection in a mirror, the bride and groom are asked, “What do you see?” They each answer with a romantic declaration, such as, “I see the rest of my life.” The couple then exchange garlands of flowers. Recently, a new custom of exchanging rings has been added to the ritual.

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