In Kumaun Dev-Vivah or Brahma-Vivah is prevalent. In this form of ceremony, the parents and the priest play the central role. Marriage ceremony in Kumaun is very elaborate affair and the main events are:
Ganesh puja & Suwal Pathai: On this day Ganesh puja is done followed by dolls of Samdhi & Samdhan which are made using Til, Rice Flour and Jagger which are later put in a small basket and decorated and are exchanged on the day of marriage.
Large Papads are made of flour, dried in the sun and later fried which are called Suwale which are also exchanged along with sweets on the day of marriage. During all this festivities ,Rangwali/Pichora which is a big piece of cloth which is used as a Duppata and worn by the bride, her mother and all her female relatives, similarly it is worn by the grooms mother and his female relatives. Yellow cloth is used for rangwali. Small red spots are made on it by using home made vegetable dyes and later it is dried in the sun.
Purwang: This is celebrated in the morning of the marriage day. Parents of the bride keep fast, puja is done. Later the bridegroom’s family bring the Ubtan (which is a mixture of Flour, Turmeric powder, Rye seeds, Other traditional herbs and oil) used by the groom for his bath. All female relatives take turns to put this paste of Ubtan on the bride’s body. Later she is given a bath and the groom is similarly given a traditional bath.
Barat#The Marriage Procession: Grooms sister in laws and other female relatives decorate his eyes with black Khol. The groom is then given a traditional send-off while all female sing typical folk songs meant for this occasions.
Dhuliargh: When the marriage party reaches the brides house, the bride’s brother receives him and uses a red umbrella to escort him to the spot where the marriage ceremonies are to take place where the bride’s father washes his feet as also the feet of the Brahmin who has come with the groom’s party and both side exchange gifts.
Kanyadan: During this ceremony both parties sit side by side and a small makeshift curtain separates the bride and the broom. Brahmins from both the sides conduct the marriage ceremony by chanting traditional Sanskrit chants. The bride’s father gives his daughter hand to the groom. Later the whole ceremony is finished and the groom puts the red roli on the Mang or hair parting of the bride. The girl is now deemed to have been married.
Vidaai: The groom along with her bride,proceed to the his home.These are the customs of a kumauni wedding.