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According to Bhai Vir Singh and the scholars of Shabdarth, ‘Ghoria’ are songs of blessings, sung when the bridegroom mounts the mare. 

According to Bhai Vir Singh and the scholars of Shabdarth, ‘Ghoria’ are songs of blessings, sung when the bridegroom mounts the mare.

Ghoria are a valuable part of Panjabi culture and have a special and unique place in Panjabi folk life. These folk songs are associated with marriage and are sung in the bridegroom’s house a few days before the wedding. In these songs, the bridegroom, his family members, his clan, and the bride-to-be are especially praised. Even though the singing of Ghoria starts a few days before the wedding, they are sung mostly during the marriage procession led by the bridegroom.

It is particularly noteworthy that Ghoria are feminine in the Panjabi vocabulary. On the other hand, folk songs sung on the bride-to-be’s side are called ‘suhag,’ and they are classified as masculine.

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Jasleen Kaur

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Jasleen Kaur is a Research Associate at the Sikh Research Institute. She has received a Religious Studies B.A./M.A. from the University of Virginia, focusing on South Asian Religions through the lens of literature and poetry.

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