If you’ve ever been to an Indian wedding, you probably noticed that the groom rode up to the ceremony on a decorated horse or perhaps in a decorated car. This ceremony is called a Baraat, and symbolizes the acceptance of the groom’s family into the bride’s family (and vice versa). Traditionally the groom will ride an intricately decorated horse, wearing a headpiece that masks his face. He is followed by his family and close friends, who sing, dance, and play music. This group of people are called the Barati. Sometimes there are even fireworks involved! Once the two families are introduced, the groom is able to marry the bride and officially join the two families together.
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