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Tamil bride - The bride, with help of her female relatives, dresses a nine yard sari. When done she returns to the mandapa. A sack of paddy is put on the floor. Bride's father sits on the sack. The bride sits on his lap. This sack is a symbol of good luck and both material and spiritual abundance.

Bengali Wedding + Gaye Holud by Tania Lezak Photography, New Brunswick, New Jersey