How to: Give your guests a traditional Indian welcome

I hope you enjoyed the rangoli post. Now, if you are planning on having an Indian-themed party, try incorporating an Aarthi welcome for your guests.


Pic courtesy Sandeep

The Aarthi is the traditional Indian welcome extended to guests. It is a very simple gesture, but can make any guest feel welcomed, wanted and special!

Before the guest arrives, decorate your doorstep with a rangoli as per my previous post. Then, keep the following items ready:

When the guests arrive, greet them at the door. Since they might not be expecting a traditional Indian welcome, ask them to pause a moment.

Then garland each guest, and request him or her to wait at the threshold.Proceed to do the aarthi as follows:-
Remember to wear a smile throughout the welcome, and gently usher in your guests after the ceremony.

Guest with garland and vermilion tikki
pic courtesy: Don

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