In South India, especially in Tamil Nadu, the first Diwali of a newly wedded couple is celebrated in a grand manner and it is known as Thalai Deepavali.
It is a commonly practiced tradition in the state of Tamil Nadu. On this day newly weds are specially treated by the family members and showered with gifts and blessings.
Thalai Deepavali is a special and once in a lifetime occasion.
The day starts very early in the morning, with the ritual of the early morning oil bath. After the bath the bride and groom accept their new clothes, kept at the feet of God and also the Lehiyam (a form of medicine).
The newly weds go to the bride’s parental home for revelry. They are provided ‘Seer,’ a part of the dowry, as per the custom. Also ‘Thalai Karthikai’ – a gift is also given to the bride. The celebrations include a visit to the temple, gifts of clothes and jewelery, gorging on sweets and receiving blessings of elders. The groom’s parents, brothers and sisters come down to join in the celebrations.