Tuesday, December 29, 2020



A Sehra  is a headdress worn by the groom during Indian, Pakistani and Bangladeshi weddings. This decorative groom’s veil can be made either out of flowers or beads and is tied to the groom’s turban or Pagdi.

The sehra has 2 main purposes:

They are intended to ward off the evil eye. Secondly, the bride and groom are not supposed to see each other before their wedding ceremony.

Therefore, a sehra solved the purpose of hiding the groom’s face, whereas the bride covered her face with a ghunghat or pallu. They are more prominently worn in North India than in other parts of the country.

It originates from Mughal Muslim culture in the Northern part of the Indian Subcontinent wherein white flower strings were tied to the turban or Pagdi and suspended to cover the groom’s face, just like the bridal ‘Ghoonghat’ or veil. For the Sikh grooms, this tradition dates back to the times of Guru Govind Singh who added flower strands to the Pagdi or turban which added an element of pride and prestige, adopted from the practices of Punjabi Muslims. Amongst Muslims the sehra has been patronized and imbibed in the Islamic culture since the Mughal era where kings wore elaborate looking head gears encrusted with precious pearls and stones during their weddings. In fact, the word ‘Sehra’ literally means a poem sung during a ‘nikah’ or in other words the wedding ceremony in the Islamic culture.

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