What is the “Imli Ghutai/Gotai” ceremony?

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Imli ghutai: The ritual of imli ghutai is performed by the groom’s/bride’s maternal uncle-aunt to ward off any bad omen and to advise the groom to keep away from any vice. The uncle then feeds him a betel nut (mango leaf in Mauritius) which the groom/bride holds with his teeth. His mother then takes it away from him and eats it herself, signifying that she shall take away all the bad omens falling upon her son/daughter herself. The groom/bride is then gifted clothes as a token of blessing by his uncle-aunt.

Photo by Distish Pothanah | Photographer.mu

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