While walking through the streets of Jaisalmer city, from the Fort to Patwon ki Haveli, I came across some old houses which have been passed down multiple generations and are still standing tall and giving a hint of the culture Rajasthan is famous for. I observed a thing common to a lot of these houses, intriguing enough to ask about it to locals and interesting enough to share.
So, here goes the thing about the wedding invitation cards in Jaisalmer:
As it happened in the past, the community sizes were small and everybody used to know everybody and they would meet and greet each other often unlike the virtual hello’s today. To announce a wedding in the family, the family would paint the invitation card in front of their house by the door. And there you go, the entire community was invited on the date mentioned on the painted-on-the-wall-wedding-invitation card. The invitation card thus stays on the wall until there is next wedding in the family and the new card is painted replacing the earlier one.
Reflecting upon it, it shows the close knit structure of the community and a lot about the bonding of the old folks back then. Even now people have been following this practice, but like all rituals, it has more of become a custom now people have been following, losing the meaning it once had. Also, not everyone flaunts the celebrations on their wall now and adopts the style of ‘by invitation only’. Haww!
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