The wedding cards that are found in India are known as Lagnapatrika. This Lagnapatrika holds a special significance among all types of Hindu weddings that take place in the country. The Lagna Patrika records the detailed description of the occasion of the Hindu wedding like the venue, the exact time as well as the lineage introduction of the bride and the groom. Weddings in India are considered to be colorful events on the global platform.
The grandeur of the Indian weddings is divided in between three or four days where the corollary ceremonies reach up to the main day of the wedding ceremony. As mentioned earlier, a typical wedding card not only consists the names of the bride or the groom, but it also contains the detail of the family lineage of the celebrated couple. Below are the certain common features that are found in the Hindu wedding cards:
• The wedding cards are distributed before a month of the main date of the inception of the corollary wedding ceremonies like the Haldi (turmeric applying ceremony), Sangeet (a musical function with the relatives dancing), Mehendi (henna applying ceremony) and Sagai or the engagement.
• The guests are given separate leaflets as an invitation to these ceremonies with the main wedding card implying to them that they all are invited to all the ceremonies that conclude on the wedding day.
• Auspicious Motifs or pictures of the Hindu Gods like the Lord Ganesha, Lord Krishna along with Radha, Lord Rama along with Sita, Swastik, Om, Kalash, Mango leaves, etc. are all either printed or embellished with stickers.
• The content inside is written in two languages, one in English or the regional language the marriage is taking place in.
• The content is written with red ink if the card paper is perfectly contrasted with the red ink.
• The most common materials are the hand-made papers and metallic papers. When the metallic papers are used the content inside is embossed with the glossy inks.
• Alongside the cards, the envelopes too are made specially. The envelopes carry the name as well as the address details of the guests.
• Each and every card of the Hindu wedding has got spots of the Sindoor, and Chawal on it.