Jago is a celebration initiated by the nankai of bride and groom (maternal families). The nankai arrive at the wedding home of the with much fan fare including signing and dancing. The term Jago means wake. The female relatives take turns carrying a gagger (a decorated old fashioned water container lit with candles) while singing and dancing. One song that is a standard for Jago is Guvandio jaag tha ka sutha (neighhours are you awake or asleep). It is a song that invites people out to participate in festivities. Jago is held a day or two before the wedding.
Preparing for Jago
- Decorated gagger
- Decorated stick with bells attached
Time of Day:
How it’s Done:
- Nankai family arrive singing and dancing
- A female maternal relative carries the gagger on her head and another carries the decorated stick
- The female relatives take turns passing the gagger and stick to each other and dancing with them
- Boliyan are recited and gidda is performed. This often turns into a competition and dissing between the nankai and daadkai (paternal family). Each side tries to out do the other or hurl insults at each other through boliyan.
Bachai lok, your Auntyij believes that the arrival of the nankai is a significant event. You and your guests should be ready and waiting to welcome them and be prepared with your insults. A nice touch is to have the nankai walk up the road to the home while singing and dancing.