Buddhist marriage is very traditional, simple and does
not include lot of complicated rituals.
Once the horoscope of the
boy and the girl match, the family of the groom consult
the lama for an auspicious day for proposing the marriage.
After consulting the lama (priest), the groom's family
chooses an auspicious day to visit the bride's house
to ask her parents for their daughter's hand in marriage.
"Chessian" is the betrothal ceremony. The maternal uncle
of the parent of the bride sit on a raised platform
and the lama, or the priest, recites a prayer and distributes
a religious drink, "madyan", among those present. The
date of marriage is fixed in consultation with the astrologer.
The marriage ceremony is a
very private affair and only very close family friends
are invited. A Buddhist lama (priest) presides over
the wedding. The wedding ceremony is conducted at the
bride's home. The lama leads the couple through the
religious rites that include the groom's family offering
the mother of the bride the price of milk. After the
religious rites the couple is declared as man and wife.Then
depending on the horoscope, the bride accompanies her
husband to her new house either on the same day, or
the next day.
At her husband's house she
is received by her mother-in-law. A feast is then arranged.