According to Hinduism, Marriage or Vivaha is a sacrament and not a contract. The ceremony itself is beautiful and each tradition in the ceremony has significance behind it. For a Hindu Marriage to be considered complete, there are thirteen essential traditions or steps that are necessary. Following is the basic outline for a Hindu Wedding Ceremony:
2. Madhu Parka: Father of the bride walks the groom to the altar and feeds him Panchamrita (mixture of yogurt, honey, sugar, ghee, and milk) before the ceremonies commence.
3. Kanyadan: In this ritual, parents of the bride give away their daughter to the groom amidst chanting of mantras.