What are Garlands?

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If you have been to an Indian wedding or temple you will notice  the bride and bridegroom wearing these huge garlands. The temples too have the idols decorated with garlands of fresh Jasmine, Rose and a special type of leaf that goes in with it. These leaves are very aromatic too. Garlands are sold by the thousands during festivals in India.  Garlands are very spiritual in the Indian culture. They are used all over the world in almost every type of culture during celebrations and special ceremonies. Different cultures have their own meaning to it but somehow all the people in the world think of   flowers as a symbol of happiness and so use garlands of flowers, confetti, paper for celebrating.

How is a  Garland made?

  • Usually flowers of one kind are used with a couple of different big flowers inserted in between. It is done in a pattern so as to look symmetrical. 
  • Cut the flowers heads to its base of the calyx.
  • Now take a thread double the length of garland and thread needle to it.
  • Now insert the needle through the center of the flower or sideways through its stem.
  • Generally the same process is applied to all flowers till the thread is filled with flowers.
  • The ends of the threads are tied together so that the flowers don't fall out. Now the  garland is ready to use.

 

Generally garlands are used in the worship of god. They are used welcome important persons and delegates in honor of respect to them like in Hawaii. Garlands are mainly used in marriages as the newly wedding couple exchange garlands is a symbol of true love and denotes long lasting relationship in life. Garlands are not only used in marriages they are also used for cradle ceremonies in order to contribute peace to their soul. Garlands are used in decorative purposes like decorating houses, making Christmas trees.

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