Stealing the Groom's Shoes
An important part of the groom’s wedding attire is his beautifully embroidered wedding shoes. He leaves these to the side when he enters the tented area where the wedding will take place. In some parts of India, the sisters of the bride take this opportunity to steal his shoes. They quickly hide them and only return the shoes when their ransom demands are met. Although it is a playful game, it serves to highlight the sense of loss that accompanies the joyous occasion of a marriage.