|Marriage & Customs|
|In Sirmour marriage is known as Gharasni, in which gur (Jaggery) is exchanged and eaten by bride & groom. Three days later bride’s parents visit the couple, and present food articles, this process is called as Murapull.|
In Kullu traditional marriage is known as Putti Manal. In this 4-5 people go from groom’s side, present her articles for attire, and get her back to groom’s place.
Jind Phuk: It is the marriage prevalent in Chamba & similarly Jarar-Phuki in Kangra. In these marriages consenting couple elope and marry around a bush after setting it on fire. They encircle it for 8 times, with or without priest. It is also popular amongst Gaddis.
Jhajra: This is also known as widow remarriage or Gudani & also called as choli-dori amongst Gaddis. There is no involvement of a Prohit & Lord Ganesh is not worshipped. In Shimla this remarriage is called Karewa. In Bilaspur it is called Gadar.
Balu Jhanjrara: In this marriage a man marries to his elder brother’s widow even if he is married.
Bariana: In this form of marriage the girl’s parents take bride’s price from boy or his parents. This is considered as inferior form of marriage among the Gaddis.
Bata-Satta: It is marriage by exchange was popular among the Gaddis & Gujjars. In this form of marriage a boy gets a wife in exchange for his sister or cousin sister for his wife’s brother. This form of marriage was prevalent among the Rajputs, Brahmans and Rathi Gaddis.
Ghar Jawantri (GharJamai): In this marriage if the parents of girl have no son than they adopt a boy as their son-in-law to inherit their property and wealth.Kamash: It is very common among Gaddi tribe. In this boy has to work in the house of his father-in- law for a fixed term.
Khewat: This type is common among Gaddis and it is also called reet or lag in other areas of Himachal Pradesh. This form of marriage permits a woman to marry with other person if he pays the former husband the amount incurred by him on his marriage. The consent of the former husband is essential.
|Marriages among the Kinners:|
|Marriages among Lahaulis: Ta-bhagstonr: It’s an arranged marriage & also called Modh-biah.|
Kummai-bhagston: Marriage by theft/elopement in which girl had already agreed, but makes false hue & Cry at abduction. Marriage is completed with the consent of girls parents.
Kowanchibiah : In this form of marriage a divorced man marries a girl or a divorced woman.