Gharoli Ceremony – Pre-wedding rituals in Punjabi weddings
Ghara Gharoli is a Pre-Wedding ritual in Punjabi weddings where the decorated pitcher of water (ghara, gharoli or ghadoli) is brought for the bride’s bath by the groom’s bhabhi (brother’s wife). In the Ghara Gharoli ritual, the bride’s sibling or sibling’s spouse visits the nearby temple, Gurudwara, or relative’s house and fills a pitcher with holy water. They dance and sing Boliyan in the way. The girl is then bathed in this holy water. Thereafter, the bride wears their wedding attire.
The ghara gharoli ceremony takes place at the groom’s house too. The Gharoli ceremony is held on the morning of the wedding day in the groom’s house. During the ceremony, the groom’s sister-in-law with some female relatives goes to a well or nearby temple, Gurudwara or relative’s house to fill a “gharoli” or a specially decorated jug with water. The water is later used to bath the groom.
Gharoli ceremony is done in the morning on the wedding day or a day just before the wedding day.