Olde Towne Carriages
of Fredericksburg, VA
South Asian Baraat Service
The Baraat is a bridegroom's wedding procession in India and Pakistan. It is customary for the bridegroom to travel to the wedding venue on a mare, accompanied by his family members.
The "Godi" (white mare) is a symbol of speed, power, faithfulness, devotion and dynamism. Horses were used to conquer enemies. To ride a horse you have to overpower the qualities it symbolizes. Riding a mare indicates that the man has gained command over his childish behavior and is ready to take responsibilities.
The baraat can become a large procession, with its own band, drummer and dancers. The groom and his horse are covered in finery and do not usually take part in the dancing and singing; that is left to the "baraatis" or people accompany-ing the procession.
The term baraati is also more generically used to describe any invitee from the groom's side.
The baraat, is accompan-ied by the rhythm of the dhol. The groom is sometimes greeted with garlands and aarti.
Keeping the cost down on your wedding?
Thinking about eloping? Why not do it in style?
We can bring a carriage to an intimate location and we can decorate the carriage in your wedding colors and flowers. you can really dress up the event by incorporat-ing the carriage.
Let us help you make your day special!