Saturday, January 18, 2014

Over-Eating at a Sikh Wedding Ceremony.

Over- Eating at a Sikh Wedding Ceremony.


If you have been invited to Sikh Wedding, be prepared to indulge in heavy eating! There will be food before the actual nuptial ceremony, food after, food again at the brides home and food again at the reception.


Over Eating at a Sikh Wedding

Then you can go for a long walk or  run and burn it off!!

Friday, January 17, 2014

The Horse and the Sikh Wedding Ceremony

The Sikh Wedding - The Groom and The Horse

Traditionally, Sikhs and Horses go back a few centuries as these people grew out of a warrior tradition.


The symbolic use of Horses still continues during Sikh Wedding Ceremonies, and for some reason they fantasize riding a "white" horse.  This is often the only time in the groom's life that he gets to "ride" a horse.

Enjoy the moment when you see him balancing on a rented un-rehearsed ride.

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Gold Gold everywhere @ Sikh Weddings

Sikh Wedding Ceremonies can be a display of the power of Gold. The more gold, the better!


Sikh Weddings can be a fashion display, where rivaling relatives offer a grand display of power through the display of Gold Jewelry.
Gold traditionally was worn to make the bride appear as bright as the sun. Today however, it can display the wealth of the parents "exchanging" their daughter for the new son-in-law.


Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Basic Protocol at a Sikh Wedding - 10 tips

Basic Protocol to follow at a Sikh Wedding:


If this is your first time at a Sikh Wedding ceremony here are a 10 tips to make your experience pleasant.




1. You will be removing your shoes and leaving them outside during the service, so please wear decent pair of clean socks or no socks at all.

2. You will be wearing head covering that is provided, you may opt to wear a turban or another form of "hat" ask the hosts what is appropriate for their comfort zone.

3. Ladies, since you will be sitting cross legged or at least with legs folded, wear a very long dress (maybe an Indian suit) or at least pants/trousers.

4. There is a strict no smoking, alcohol, or use drugs at the wedding ceremony.

5. Expect to sit for over an hour on the floor, so bring your own cushion.

6. Use of video and still photography is excepted and feel free to capture the best moment.

7.  Keep yourself faced to the altar at all times possible and do not stretch out your legs toward the altar.

8. Generally, in the west men and women sit on separate sides, see if the hosts are comfortable with couples or families/friends siting together.

9. Usually, most services are in Punjabi and you may occasionally grasp a word of English, often a hand out in English describing the events is provided.

10. Enjoy the experience, the service is not usually very quiet and often kids are running around, so make this a joyous event.


Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Sound System Requirements for Live Sikh Wedding Programs

Sound System Requirements for Live Sikh Weddings – 
Dr. Freedom & Leela

·       Having an ideal sound system can make or break your Sikh Wedding Ceremony. These are our basic sound system requirements so we can give you the best program. 
·       Most importantly, we will need a LIVE SOUND Technician for the entire ceremony and he must have his head covered with a head covering provided, no hoodies or ball hats.

·       The Sound System MUST be set up and ready for a sound check 2 hours before the ceremony.


Sound System Requirement List:
FIVE (5)  Small Tripod Microphone Boom Stands
THREE (3)  Vocal SM58  Microphones
TWO (2) Instrumental  SM57  Microphones
EIGHT (8)  15’ XLR microphone cables
EIGHT (8) Channel XLR mixer WITH REVERB AND EFFECTS
TWO (2)  Speaker stands
TWO (2)   Powered Speakers - min. 15” Powered Speakers or as per needed for room volume
TWO (2)   Monitors
FOUR (4)  Speaker cables - for mixer to Main and Monitor Speakers
ONE (1)  power bar with extension wire for power to the stage

We have a DI - Direct Box, 2 channels,  that we will be sending out from our laptop to run rhythm loops to connect to your mixer.  The XLR cables we need have been accounted for in the list above.
We will also be needing a feed from the mixing board , a 1/4 or mini jack out in stereo to make a digital recording (we have the recording device and cables).

IMAGES OF SOUND SYSTEM

FIVE (5)  SMALL microphone tripod stands with a boom arm





THREE (3)   Vocal SM58 microphones 





Two (2)  Instrumental SM57 microphones 




EIGHT (8)  15’ XLR microphone cables 


EIGHT (8) Channel XLR mixer

Must have REVERB  EFFECTS




Musician Stage Set up layout as per below:


Musician Stage Riser should be at least  8’ length X 6' width  X 16" high

*** PLEASE NOTE WE SIT CROSS-LEGGED AND SING SITTING ON THE STAGE FLOOR,  PLEASE MAKE SURE THE BOOM STANDS ARE THE SMALL TYPE.  
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Back of Riser
Riser 8 feet length, 6 feet width, and 16” high
Power to Stage - 1 power bar with extension wire


Freedom                                   Leela
             1 Vocal SM58, 2 SM57’s               1 Vocal SM58, 2 XLR’s for DI box
3 Boom Stands                                  1 Boom Stand

1 Monitor                                                     1 Monitor
Front of Riser
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(1 vocal SM58 and boom stand will be set on the Altar Stage)


Visual Set Up for Musician Stage










Sikh Wedding Palla Ceremony Explained

The Sikh Palla Ceremony – Sikh Wedding Shawl

Having performed countless Punjabi Weddings, the Palla Ceremony is rarely explained for its deeper meaning. In the Sikh wedding ceremony the PALLA refers to a wedding scarf or shawl. The groom carries in the Palla for the sacred Sikh Marriage ceremony, and waits for a moment in the ceremony when the bride’s father connects the Palla between the bride and groom.

Sikh Wedding Palla Ceremony
Sikh Wedding Palla Ceremony
What is a Palla?
The Sikh wedding palla these days is between 2 meters, or about six feet in length, often made of silk of a bright red color.
What does the Palla Ceremony entail and signify?
At the appropriate time when the priest announces in the Anand Karaj wedding marriage ceremony, the bride’s father walks over to the couple and places the groom’s palla (ceremonial scarf) around the shoulder of the groom and then hands the other end of the scarf to the bride (his daughter). The ends of the palla are held in the respective laps of the bride and groom giving the right end for the groom to hold, and the left end for the bride. The Palla Ceremony signifies that the father is giving away his daughter to the groom. The palla acts as a tether between the bride and groom, signifying their physical union, and the goal for a spiritual union of their souls with each other.
While this symbolic ceremony takes place the Sikh Priest singers recite a Shabad hymn composed by Guru Arjan Dev symbolizing the connection of the bride and groom to each other, and to their higher parents the Spirit-God.
Sikh Wedding Palla ceremony
Sikh Wedding Palla Ceremony
Ustat nindaa naanak jee mai habh vanjaa-ee chhorr-i-aa habh kijh ti-aagee
Praise and Slander, Oh Nanak,
I discard entirely, abandoning and forsaking all other entrapments.
Ha-bhae saak koo-rraa-vae di-thae to pallai taiddai laagee
Having seen that all other relationships can be negative and false,
I know I can grasp Your hem which is the absolute Truth || SGGS 963 ||



If you have any questions pertaining to a priest for a Sikh Wedding Ceremony Traditions such as the Palla Ceremony or Anand Kaaraj please contact us:
Telephone or Email NOW!
(604) 759 – 0989 
music @freedomandleela.com

Monday, January 13, 2014

What side to Sit at a Sikh Wedding

What side should you Sit at a Sikh Wedding?


Sikh temples or Gurdwaras outside India usually segregate and partition men and women with a centre isle leading to the altar. 
In India however, the congregation seats randomly, often families sitting together.  The altar and singing area however seems to be exclusively dominated by the 'Y' chromosome.

When we offer a Destination Sikh wedding, we let the family decide as what would work bskt for your family and local traditions.

Segregated seating is is a cultural tradition not a spiritual one!



Sunday, January 12, 2014

Sikh Wedding Priest for India Destination Punjabi Weddings

Bilingual Professional Sikh Wedding Priest for India Destination Weddings


It is simple, Punjab India has a growing population of Sikhs seeking  special Destination Weddings in India and around the globe.

We take the guess work out of making the wedding ceremony confusing, boring and controlling.

Contact us now and see how we can make your wedding ceremony sweet and memorable with a Spiritual touch!


Sikh Wedding Mother-In-Law Syndrome

Sikh Wedding Mother-In-Law Syndrome

Thinking of getting married.  Have you heard trauma stories of the M-I-L?

It's the perennial question with the changing roles through the ripening of time - daughter-in-law becomes a mother-in-law, and reaps fruits according to the seeds sown. The wife complaining to the husband: you don't like my relatives! etc., etc. "But I do, I love your mother-in-law very much!"

Before you make the journey to becoming a Sikh Wedding bride, do yourself a favor and commit to yourself that you will not inherit and pass on the trades and habits of your MIL especially if they are mean and nasty.

if you need to consult or seek advice for your Sikh Wedding in India or a Destination wedding contact us at music @ freedomandleela.com




Sikh Wedding Ceremony - Sit Cross-Legged for over an Hour

Sikh Wedding Ceremony - How to Sit Cross-Legged for over an Hour

How to sit on the floor at a Sikh Wedding without killing your legs and back!

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Attending or participating in a Sikh Wedding ceremony can be a struggle if you are not used to sitting on the floor for a long period of time. Here is a brief guide to help you get though the Sikh Holy Matrimony Anand Karaj event and experience some bliss before your legs fall asleep and the lower back gives out.

Sikh Wedding Posture -Prolonged Sitting
Sikh Wedding Posture -Prolonged Sitting
When attending a Sikh marriage at a Sikh temple or an Indian Destination Wedding expect to sit on the floor for at least 1 – 2 hours. The legs must be kept bent and are NOT to point toward the altar for the entire duration. We suggest that you wear pants or slacks that cover your legs, and pants that are not too tight fitting. Wearing a Western dress will not be a great idea even if it is long and for formal wear. Try wearing an Indian Punjabi Suit or Kameez Salwar. Sitting with your knees raised is perfectly acceptable but this can get tiring and soon you will find yourself shuffling. The goal is to sit comfortably and peacefully for a long period of time.  Sitting in the cross-legged position is preferred while some people like to sit on their knees. It is advisable for the the bride and groom to build up their stamina for sitting up to an hour on the floor prior to their wedding day.
Sitting in temple, Knees elevated
Sitting in temple, Knees elevated
Here are a few Tips and Suggestions for sitting more easily on the floor:
If you choose to sit cross-legged, it is important to have your knees level with or below your hips. If you are having difficulty maintaining a straight spine while sitting cross-legged, begin by sitting on the edge of a cushion, zafu cushion, bolster, or rolled blanket. For additional support, place rolled blankets or bolsters under your knees. You may find that with the knees supported, the inner groins relax, and when you take the supports away, your knees drop further easily.
Difficulty Sitting Cross Legged Sikh Wedding
Difficulty Sitting Cross Legged Sikh Wedding
Tightness in the inner thighs and hips is often connected to tension in the deep muscles of the abdomen (like the psoas). You can begin to release your pelvis by practicing breathing deeply into your abdomen. Focus on the rise and fall of your belly as you inhale and exhale. In all of the poses that follow, imagine the exhalation releasing out of your pelvis and through your legs, helping the thighs to relax and let go.
Elevated Seating with Cushion Under Sit-Bones
Elevated Seating with Cushion Under Sit-Bones
One basic sitting position is called “Easy Seat,” or sitting cross legged. The sitting cross legged gives you the basic requisites for a comfortable sitting position after just a little bit of practice. The important points, no matter what sitting position you choose, is that your pelvis is neutral, your spine is naturally stacked preserving its natural curves and your head is balanced without requiring effort or tension in the neck, throat and shoulders. Your arms should rest effortlessly on your thighs when your in this sitting position.
Elevated Seating Front View, Knees drop
Elevated Seating Front View, Knees drop

If you are having an outside the Temple Sikh Wedding or a Destination Sikh Wedding and the Posture Police is not going to be around, it is highly advisable to bring a meditation chair, meditation cushion or meditation stool. All of these products are designed so you are NOT sitting higher then the Sikh scriptures or stage and are within the norms of the accepted tradition/protocol. Your ideal goal is to keep your knees lower then the hips and lower back, sitting pain free.
We wish you happy and peaceful sitting during the Sikh Wedding Ceremony. Remember to bring your own cushion or blanket (BYOB), you will thank us!
If you are wanting an outsider’s perspective of  Sikh Wedding experience: A must read blog.
Here are other options for sitting on the floor using various props, meditation chairs, blankets,  cushion, or meditation stool.  Always remember to keep the knees lower then the HIPS!

Folding Meditation Seat
Folding Meditation Seat

Meditation Chair for Floor
Meditation Chair for Floor
Kneeling Chair
Kneeling Chair


Meditation-Cushion
Meditation-Cushion








If you have any questions pertaining to a priest for a Sikh Wedding Ceremony, or protocol or traditions such as easy sitting during the wedding, the Palla Ceremony or Anand Kaaraj please contact us:
Telephone or Email NOW!
(604) 759 – 0989 
music@freedomandleela.com

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