In Bengal marriages encapsulate and symbolize a rich set of rites and rituals, traditions, and sumptuous feast, far exceeding the hundreds of other minor customs passed down from generation to generation. In Bengali culture the wedding ceremony follows an ancient tradition. The rituals of family culture in Bengal is predominantly Hindu.
In the wedding ceremony were the elements of the set more than forty centuries ago, in the ancient Hindu scriptures known as the Vedas. The wedding, attended by all the guests, not only is the union of a man and a woman, but also their families.The traditional bengali wedding is a celebration that lasts several days and draws the entire neighborhood or village. The two days prior to the actual wedding are called Gaye Holud the first day of the relatives and friends of the bride, dressed in yellow, welcome relatives and friends of the groom who is not come to bring gifts for the bride each of them cover the bride's face with a yellow vegetable mixture as a good omen.
The next day will be the turn of the groom and the third day he will finally be able to meet and celebrate the wedding. The next day is dedicated to the party or bou bhaat. If you want to get an idea of how to occur the marriages in Bengal, and the long negotiations that often accompany their families for unions that, in many cases, are purely the result of parental choice.
Nevertheless, arranged marriage is practiced as normal, and only in the urban middle classes has spread the love-cum-arranged marriage, in which the young couple pushes parents to offer themselves an arranged marriage between the two, who reject any other proposal.