• Nitten Gokhaley

Introduce A New Ritual: Let The Groom Wash The Bride’s Feet With Milk During The Wedding!

I recently came across a video on Twitter; it showed the bride washing the groom’s feet, collecting and drinking a few drops from the water. I found the ritual stupid and insulting.

That night, I had a dream, I saw myself as MunnaBhai. I entered the marriage hall from the video, approached the groom, grabbed him by the collar, punched him on his face twice while asking him to wash the bride’s feet and drink that water. He complied. I lectured the bride and groom’s parents and elaborated on how such traditions make man dominant or arrogant.

Hold-on! Please don’t assume I am a ritual bashing creepy columnist guy with millions of followers (I am someone who wouldn’t get recognized by my neighbors....)

Why is the ritual no more relevant?

A quick online search revealed the ritual is one of the most common wedding ceremony traditions, still followed by Hindus and Christians in some countries.

A century ago, grooms had to walk barefoot from their village to the bride’s house in a different town for their wedding. Thus, the bride’s relatives often welcomed the groom by washing his feet. The tradition turned irrelevant due to the use of horses and vehicles. But, we simply failed to use the delete button on this ritual.

Stars in their own right

Believe it or not, there’s ample research work that shows how married men are happier compared to bachelors. This may sound weird, but both married men and women are less prone to heart diseases and stroke as well.

Most men may not admit this, but women have surpassed men in almost all fields despite a lack of equal opportunities. Working women not only take care of the house but also tolerate arrogant in-laws. They toggle between caregiving responsibilities while trying to keep children and husband happy.

Put simply; women are caregivers with a tendency to take up more responsibilities. It makes sense; here’s a simple example: A father would rarely let kids use his smartphone for playing games or studying. But you can indeed find children using mom’s phone while at home during the lockdown period.

A new ritual is the need of the hour

Remember, hundreds of bachelors, in their late 30s, are praying to God to bless them with a wife (before the coronavirus falls in love with them). Thus, those who have found their lady luck are blessed indeed.

Wife is a caregiver, partner in crime (you know what I mean, you naughty soul), financial support pillar (in some cases), and a good mistress (:). If we don’t mind worshiping God for that little bit of positivity, then why is it that we don’t worship the better half who makes our life so pleasant and meaningful? Why shouldn’t there be a ritual involving the groom washing the bride’s feet and drinking that water during the wedding ceremony? If Bride's parents can wash her feet (as a Hindu wedding ritual), why shouldn't the groom? It’s time to give it a thought.

(And before you troll me, do remember men belonging to certain sections of Christianity do wash the bride’s feet to show their commitment towards the marriage. But, the practice is not mainstream yet)

Wow! After publishing this column, I think my chances of finding a bride for marriage have doubled (just kidding!)


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