By The Jilted Indian Podcast
It is wedding season…yay? In the season 2 finale, the Jilted Indians talk about Indian Weddings. The food, the traditions, the clothes, the Aunties…We provide tips on surviving Indian Wedding season as a single woman (Tequila is involved), turn the tables and we give the Aunties advice, and finally a brief review of 2018’s “Veere di Wedding.”
Listen to Season 2 Episode 10 – Big Fat Indian Weddings
Production Note: Puja edited this episode, and Miranda was missed.
Music in featured in this Episode:
“High Seas” by Trailer Bride
“Really Thinking About the Beach” by Learning Music
Before we get started, our featured image this week is courtesy of Sui Wang. It is also photographic evidence of Anju’s recollection of her worst wedding story. Thank you Sui.
This episode saw us, three single women who don’t believe in the institution of marriage stumbling through what we know about wedding traditions from our specific Diaspora. Lucky for us all, the internet exists – here are you search terms – go with Google Uncle.
- Malayalee Wedding Traditions
- West Indian Wedding Traditions
- Hindu Weddings
We did not talk about child brides, dowry, or patriarchal elements to the Hindu rites, join us for season 3!
We talked about the different types of clothing options women have to wear when attending an Indian Wedding: Sari, Shalawar, Anarkali (which was apparently named after a legendary slave girl, what?), but we didn’t mention Lenghas.
Speaking of the costs of gifts and the commodification of a wedding, look at wedding industry revenue:
- USA – $25,764
- India – 20 lakhs to 5 crores ($28,521.47 to $712,911.00)
- UK – £30,355 ($39,209.65)
- Canada – $42,400.56 CAD ($32,867.00 USD)
- Trinidad – $20,000-$200,000 TTD* ($2,974.83 to $29,748.35 USD)
The average cost of an Indian Wedding in the US? $65,000 (at least in 2014 for 500 guests)
Surprise, surprise the CDC hasn’t updated marriage and divorce stats since 2016, but here are the marriage rates for the US
- Number of marriages: 2,245,404
- Marriage rate: 6.9 per 1,000 total population
- Number of divorces: 827,261 (44 reporting States and D.C.)
- Divorce rate: 3.2 per 1,000 population (44 reporting States and D.C.)
Finally, Puja spoiled Veere Di Wedding. A couple of articles written about the movie worth a browse:
Exploring Feminism in the Film
Here is the imdb entry and the trailer below:
That’s A Wrap for Season 2,
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