Following ten nights of dholki its time for mayoon. There are many different names for this event; mayoon, ubtan, manja, gaye hould and maya.It is a pre-wedding tradition in which the bride enters a state of secrecy, and has her own personal spa day where she gets beautified for her wedding.
Women from the groom’s side come over to the bride’s house. The groom’s mother brings “ubtan”, a thick turmeric paste combined with other ingredients, for the bride to brighten her complexion, along with many natural homemade remedies. Oil is also applied to the bride’s hair. Usually married females apply the ubtan to the bride. The bride is free from all chores during this time and is supposed to stay indoors away from public view, especially men. The bride and groom aren’t allowed to see each other after the mayoon.
During the event clothes and bangles are provided to the brides friends by her family. However, the bride’s clothes are brought by her in-laws. Her clothes are usually yellow. It is believed that yellow is the color of exuberance. As sun transmits yellow light and it brightens the horizons, similarly people believe it brings about “noor” (radiance) on the bride’s face. Hence, she is supposed to wear yellow before her wedding day.
nowadays people combine the mayoon with the mehndi ceremony. Although, traditionally the mayoon is held three or four days before the wedding.