Barat is an important part of the ceremonies that take place as a part of an Indian Wedding. The Groom usually proceeds towards the venue mounted on a horse or horse-led carriage that is bedecked with regal finery. Nowadays the Grooms also opt for travelling by a decorated car but there are still many people who take pride in going by the traditional means.
The people in the Barat also called the Baraatis, dance and cheer accompanied by a Musical Band and light-bearers. The procession advances slowly, with the Baraatis halting at places to dance and fireworks are lit as a celebration of the merriment. The whole scene is so lively, that passersby cannot help but stop and gaze at the enjoyable affair.
Upon arrival, the Baraat is welcomed with fervor by the Bride's family, after which the Baraatis get acquainted. During this ceremony, the Bride's mother performs the Aarti before the Groom to bless him on this auspicious day. Sometimes, the Baraatis are also welcomed with flowers and sweets or even a spray of Rose water.
Then, the Groom, accompanied by the 'Baraatis' enters the venue, where the people from the Bride's side eagerly come forward to catch a glimpse. The variation existing in the diverse cultures of India is reflected at times in the Baraat ceremonies that vary in subtle ways across the weddings taking place in India.