Traditional Poruwa Wedding Ceremony
Poruwa Wedding Ceremony
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A Poruwa ceremony is a traditional Sri Lankan wedding ceremony with Buddhist influences. The ceremony takes place on a "Poruwa", a beautifully decorated, traditional wooden platform and involves a series of rituals performed by the bride and groom, and their families. Often the Poruwa is decorated with lotus blossoms which in Buddhist philosophy represent faithfulness.
The following describes the steps of the Poruwa Wedding Ceremony
- Bride and groom will exit from their bungalow and be followed by a wonderful procession of Kandyian traditional dancers and drummers.
- They will be led to the special marriage platform called the Poruwa, with the blowing of the conch shell.
- The couple will exchange vows and also betel leaves 7 times in a tradition that means the bond unity and love will last 7 generations.
- The marriage is symbolized by tying the index fingers of the couple with a golden chain and water poured on it by the master of ceremonies from an ornate silver jug whilst chanting blessings from God.
- After the couple exchange rings they feed each other with milk, rice and water, a symbolic pledge to take care of each other for life.
- To celebrate the marriage, young Sri Lanka girls dressed in traditional saree will sing wedding songs.
- After this is completed the newly wed couple will step down out of the special marriage Poruwa with the chanting and beating of drums. Traditionally as the couple steps down a coconut is broken to bless them with children.
- The couple will light a traditional oil lamp to symbolize light, health and success.
- The couple will then board the elephant and go for a ceremonial walk along the beach, symbolizing their journey together for life.
- The couple should hold a minimum period of 5 nights residency at the hotel prior to the date of the ceremony, and stay for at least 2 days after in order to translate and certify the marriage certificates.
- The wedding will take place in the hotel premises and it will be conducted by the Master of Ceremonies at any day between 8.00am to 6.00pm.
- If under 18 years of age, evidence of parental consent in the form of a statutory declaration.
Requirements for Registration
- Bride and the Groom - Full name, date of birth, nationality and occupation.
- Passport copies of the Bride and Groom.
- If divorced or widowed, Certificate of Divorce or Death Certificate.
-Traditional dancers, drummers and singers.
- Traditional wedding arch - Poruwa.
- The Sri Lankan master of ceremonies.
- The garden and villa decorated with flowers.
- Traditional flower bouquet.
- Hire of traditional Saree and National Kit for the bride and groom.
- Dressing of bride and groom including makeup and hair.
- Wedding Meal - Traditional Sri Lankan menu or a 5 course western ala carte menu.
- Hire of elephant for ceremonial walk on the beach.
- Photographs including a wedding album, (sent to their home address if they are not staying long in the area).
- 3 nights accommodation at half board rate to be applied according to seasonal rates schedule
- Location charges - US$ 300
- Elephant to greet the couple at the beginning of the ceremony & ceremonial walk on the beach - US$ 450
- Chantings - US$35
- Kandyan dancers & Drummers - US$ 180
- Six young girls to chant the Jayamangala gatha - US$ 50
- Charges for registrar of marriages and translation of marriage certificate - US$ 75
- Poruwa with natural flowers - US$ 200
- Bridal bouquet - US$ 80
- Garland & buttonhole for bridegroom - US$ 30
- Photographs - US$ 260
- Video taping of the ceremony - US$ 350
- Brides Kandyan Saree and Jewellery (on hire) - US$ 180
- Bridegroom's National (decorative Kandyan costume) - US$ 220
- Charges for the lady dressing the Bride, hair and makeup - US$ 200
- Other expenses - US$40
- 3 nights accommodation, half board rate to be applied according to seasonal rates schedule
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