Sumaiya-Turmeric for Blessings
Let me walk you through a Bangladeshi Wedding Shower. Traditionally, both the groom and the bride gets a Blessing Ceremony. Families and friends gather before the wedding day to bless the couple. Usually, the family elders come and touch a little bit of turmeric paste, first on the bride and the groom's forehead and then on their own foreheads; this symbolizes that the elder is taking away the new couple's ill fortunes. Also, the guests come and feed the couple sweets and fruits, to symbolize a sweet and prosperous married life.