The main ethnic groups in Sri Lanka are the Sinhalese, who make up the majority of the population. Buddhism is the most common religion in the island country, and Buddhist Sri Lankan weddings borrow a lot from Hindu traditions. Things like horoscopes and formal family proposals are equally apart of both traditions though they play out slightly different between them.
One of the main elements of a traditional wedding is the Poruwa Ceremony
The Poruwa Ceremony – Central to a Sinhala wedding is an event known as the Poruwa ceremony. The Poruwa is the altar where the couple stands during the wedding ceremony. It is a raised wooden platform. The Poruwa faces the auspicious direction specified by the astrologer. On the floor of the Poruwa is a mat, and on it certain kinds of grains, including unhusked paddy, unhusked rice, and millet. Under the canopy that serves as its roof are hung several varieties of ceremonial leaves including betel, mango, banyan, woodapple, and margosa (Kohomba).
Firstly, the couple will step on the Poruwa at an auspicious moment specified by the astrologer. In fact, modern weddings cards invariable carry this information in a phrase such as “Poruwa ceremony at 9.32 am” implying that it is the most crucial moment of the ceremony.
One of the most important rites is the tying of the little fingers of the right hands of the couple with a fine thread. This act of tying symbolizes marriage. After tying the two little fingers the priest will pour water from a golden pitcher into their hands.