In Rajasthan, northern India, a horse which was part of the baraat bolted with the groom atop it.
Wedding planner, Devika Narain explained in Brides Magazine,
“A baraat is meant to bring the groom to the wedding venue with much pomp and fervor- typically via horseback. The baraat is one of the key highlights of the main wedding day and takes place before the traditional vow exchange.”
“The groom, decked in traditional Indian finery, is usually seated on a ceremonial horse [or an elephant, chariot, or vintage car] as his guests lead the way, dancing. This custom has its roots in northern India, when people would go from one town to another to get married.”
In this wedding ceremony, the rites were already underway and going smooth, with the groom decked in his finery atop the ceremonial horse, however someone set off a firecracker very close to the horse, and naturally the animal got spooked and fled the scene, taking the groom along.
According to Horse & Hound, “Horses are known to be deeply sensitive creatures- and one contributing factor is their acute sense of sound. Because they are prey animals, they will flee if they hear a threatening sound or are unable to locate its source, just as did the horse during the baraat.”
The horse had raced approximately 4 kilometres before the family members of the groom managed to bring it under control. Thankfully, the groom and the horse were not injured, and so they returned to complete the wedding rites. A video clip of the horse bolting with the groom has gone viral, and has been viewed over 78,000 times.
Racheal Niza-Val is a Nigerian writer and author. She seeks to use her pen to do only three things. Entertain, Educate, and Enthrall.