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In arranged marriages, the first visit is purely for the parties to become acquainted with one another and does not include a formal proposal.
Following the first visit, both the man and woman have their say in whether or not they would like a follow up to this visit.
Traditionally this was considered a "woman's event" as men did not participate in it.
However this has changed substantially in recent generations with males featuring prominently.
A green embroidered shawl is generally held over the couple's head and they are made to see each other in the mirror and the bride unveils her face that she keeps hidden during the nikah.
However nowadays the ceremony is usually combined and held at a marriage hall.
The groom will typically wear a casual black or white shalwar qameez, sherwani or western suit while the bride will typically wear an embroidered brightly colored shalwar kameez or sari.
This ritual is supposed to bring good luck and longevity to the bride's married life.
Similarly, on the groom's side, oil is applied to his head and sweets are fed to the groom.
Up to a year or more can elapse from the day of engagement until the wedding day.