Rhia's Maticoor

Rhia Ramlal and Michael Wagner had two wedding ceremonies in Florida on May 4th (Hindu) and 5th (Methodist). Rhia is originally from Trinidad. In traditional Hindu Trinidadian weddings, the night before the wedding (usually a Friday) there is a Maticoor. There are three different phases that take place on a Maticoor night: the actual Maticoor ceremony which involves dancing and digging of the dirt (both bride and groom conduct this part separately); the Saffron ritual with doop grass; and the rubbing of the Saffron on the bride’s skin, symbolic of the purification and beautification of the bride on the day of her wedding. The Maticoor night is mainly about the women in the Dulahin’s (bride)

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