Wedding sand ceremony is a kind of a unity ceremony which expresses the coming together of two different people of two different families into one new family. It is a very popular ceremony across the world and is one in which each of the two person comes together with two different sand colors and pour them into a single vessel so that a layered effect is formed.

In most of the cases only the couple participates in the ceremony but in some of the situations, the children of the couple or their parents also join, signifying the union of families.  The concept is based on unity candle which the groom and the bride light together.

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How the Ceremony Takes Place

  • The first step of the ceremony is where the official says a few words about the ceremony and what it signifies and means. The official hands over the vase containing sand of a different color to the two people.
  • The next step is where the first person pours the sand into a central vase which is placed for everyone to see.
  • Now the second person also does the same.
  • Thus one layer over the other gets formed which all the people around can see clearly.
  • If there are more family members performing the ceremony then even they come forward and pour the sand that they have into the centrally placed vase.
  • At the end of the ceremony, everyone will pour the remaining sand together into the vase thus a mix of colors gets formed at the top of the central vase, thus signifying the union of two families.

When Does it Take Place?

There are no strict rules about when a wedding sand ceremony must take place in the order of things at a wedding as it can take place either at the starting, at the end or in the mid-period of the rituals.

What all is Needed

Sands of at least two different colors are needed in order to perform this ceremony. Besides the sand, two different vases along with a central vase must also be arranged. If more people are participating in the wedding ceremony, then more different colors of sand, as well as more vases, may also be required.  The central vase must be tall and big enough for it to be visible to all the guests. A priest or official must also be present at the ceremony.

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