Today Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas had a roka ceremony and many people attended it. There is no confirmation on the wedding date, but it is sure that they are booked for each other and we can wedding dates soon. But, do you know what exactly is roka ceremony?

*Roka ceremony takes place before marriage, and all the family and friends gather to bless the couple. And, it is considered to be one of the most significant and auspicious pre-wedding ceremonies in Indian weddings.

*Roka ceremony brings official confirmation of the consent of boy and girl, that they are getting married.

*It can be considered as stamping the boy and the girl with the title of “booked and engaged”.

*Both the families gather for the first time and exchange sweets and gifts.

*Puja is performed according to the Indian rituals and traditions in the presence of a holy priest who recites the holy verses and performs the rituals.

*Roka ceremony usually take place at the bride’s place.

*The first ritual to be performed is the Tilak ceremony, where tilak or a paste made of vermillion/sandalwood and rice grains are applied on the foreheads of the boy and the girl.

*After the tilak ceremony, family and friends bless the couple and both the families exchange gifts.

*The mother of the groom adorns the bride by placing a beautiful red chunni or dupatta over her head and blessing her with clothes, jewellery, cash, etc.

*On the other hand, the parents of the bride gift clothes and cash to the groom and shower him with their blessings.

*Usually, ethnic wear is selected for the ceremony. The boy may wear designer suit, kurta and pajama. The girl, on the other hand, can choose from among saree, salwar suit or lehenga choli.