Wednesday, January 25, 2012

What is a 'Janya'?

I'm attending my first Janya this weekend. "RS" has been one of my best friends for the last 3~4 years and recently his sister has been planning, prepping, shopping, and organizing her glorious Indian wedding. 

What is a 'Janya'?
This ritual is native to Sindhi's. The 'Janya' or 'thread ceremony', is usually for boys in their adolescence. Once a boy get's his 'thread', he is then a 'man' -- a wedding is usually considered incomplete without the Janya. These days, most men have their 'Janya' ceremony done as a pre-wedding event, at a much older age. This ceremony involves an Indian priest (or 'Mahraj') that recites the 'Guru Mantra' in front of guests with beautiful dresses and garments. 

My favorite part of an Indian wedding are the dresses, dancing, food and of course -- watching the two people celebrate their life together with a ROCKING start! I have no idea what I'm going to wear to this wedding -- but here are some photos from the last Indian Wedding I attended. Location: Hilton Hotel, Hua Hin - Thailand, 2010. 
Dance performances - 'Sangeet' Night
Dance performances - 'Sangeet' Night
Hilton - Hua Hin, Thailand
Youngsters Pool Party
Pool Time :)
Wedding 'Baraat'
The Wedding
So if you haven't been able to tell yet -- I love Indian Weddings :) -- Can't wait to attend my next one!

The Hilton Hotel (Hua Hin) is approximately a three-four hour drive north of Bangkok, Thailand. The hotel was very accommodating, clean, and organized. They put up with our rowdy wedding dancing, loud Bollywood music till the early A.M. and had a really affordable room charge (large group discount organized by the bridal party).

As a part of the wedding package, they provided a buffet breakfast, buffet lunch and buffet dinner, during all four days of the wedding. The food was a mixture of popular Western, Thai, and Indian food favorites.

Overall, the Hotel was a great location for this destination wedding. The hotel even helped organize pick up and drop off services for wedding guests to and from the airport.

For couples looking for destination wedding options: do check out the Hilton Hotel in Hua Hin -- they help make your magical day, even more memorable!


  1. I'm excited for you! You Indian's sure know how to throw a good party!!

    1. We had so much fun! The festivities lasted all day and I was so full from the amazing food -- I was in a food coma most of Sunday. Haha, the punishment for indulging will happen today at the gym! :)