Dibbane means marriage procession and is similar to the Baraat in North Indian weddings. It is a fun-filled tradition where the groom's relatives let their hair down, dance and sing and get captured on a wedding video.
What happens at the Dibbane Procession at Kannada Gowda Weddings?
Before the start of the procession, there is a custom of performing puja to the vehicle that carries the Dibbane. Kumkum, turmeric, and coconut are broken in front of the vehicle and an Aarti is done by the elder ladies to bless the wedding.
The wedding procession starts at the groom's house and ends at the wedding venue. Earlier, the wedding procession in villages used to happen in bullock carts but these days fancy vehicles are arranged, Musicians play music all through and the ladies sing songs and make merry. The groom is dressed in a silk dhoti, shirt and Mysore Peta (cap).
The girl’s side makes all the necessary arrangements for the Dibbane procession in Indian weddings and also for those participating in it to stay in the wedding hall by providing all the comforts. Once the procession reaches the marriage hall elderly married women along with the bride’s father will go and receive the guests.
Women put red-coloured rice called the Akshathe on the groom's head and do ‘Aarti’ to welcome him. The Aarti is also performed to remove all the bad that may befall on the groom. Rosewater is sprinkled, and flowers are offered to all the women by the bride's side. When the groom’s side arrives inside the hall, trumpets and dhols are played.