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In India Sikh weddings are a long drawn affair with all sorts of celebrations in the days that pass. After the engagement, the bride and the groom are confined to their homes till the actual wedding takes place. In today's modern culture this can be a difficult thing to do so in most cases they have shortened the Maiyan to simply one day. Maiyan signals the beginning of the confinement with the ladies of the household singing songs to the beat of dholkis (drums).
The vatna ceremony takes place a few days prior to the wedding. In the early hours of the morning, a paste of turmeric, sandal, cream and rosewater, called ubatan, is applied on the bride's body. The bride is scrubbed clean under the shade of a bagh. Bagh is a piece of hand made cotton clothe with Phulkari work. It is usually passed on from one generation to the next. A similar ceremony takes place in the groom's house too.