What is Jago or Jaggo ceremony in Punjabi/Sikh Wedding?


As Edmonton Wedding Photographers, we often get to photograph Punjabi or Sikh Weddings. Each culture in India has its own customs and traditions that are entirely different. One of the cultures that we came across is Sikh’s. Some people also call them Punjabis. One of the most important event in any Sikh wedding is the Jago or Jaggo ceremony. Nandini being an Indian always helped us navigate through Indian Wedding traditions a bit easily. Being Multilingual also definitely helps here. Not many people know of these traditions so it made sense for us to share what we learnt about them.

Who are Sikhs or Punjabi’s?

Firstly lets talk about Sikhs. Sikhs are people who follow Sikhism (religion). Sikhism teaches that God is neither born, nor dead. Sikh communities foster love, equality and acceptance of all. Hence serving the world is a natural expression of the Sikh prayer and worship.

Punjabi is a regional identity it refers to anyone who was either born or has ancestors in Punjab ( a state in both India and Pakistan). A Punjabi can be a Muslim, Hindu, Sikh, Christian etc. As Sikh religion it limited itself to a great extent to Punjab region of Indian sub continent, Sikhs are mostly confused as real Punjabis and other communities being minorities. Both Sikhs and Punjabi use Punjabi Language but not every Sikh is a Punjabi and not every Punjabi is a Sikh.

Let’s talk about Jaggo or Jago Ceremony

What does Jago or Jaggo ceremony mean? It means “wake up”. It is a celebration initiated by the maternal families of both Bride and the Groom. The families arrive at the wedding venue with much fanfare including singing and dancing. The female relatives take turns carrying a gagger (a decorated earthen pot lit with candles) while singing and dancing. Along with the earthen pot people also dance with a decorated stick with Bells attached. Jago is held a day or two before the wedding.

What happens during Jago ceremony?

  • Maternal family arrives singing and dancing
  • A female maternal relative carries the gagger (Earthen Pot) 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 (Couplets) are recited and Gidda ( traditional folk dance of Punjab) and Bhangra are performed. This often turns into a competition between the Nankai ( maternal) and Daadkai (paternal family). Each side tries to out do the other through Boliyan(Couplets).

Here is the fun part. Jago ceremony is not just part of Sikh tradition in India, it is also practiced in Pakistan. Its a loud ceremony filled with joy, dancing, fireworks and food. The idea is to celebrate the wedding and make merry by dancing and partying.

Venue: Meridian Banquets


Decor: Infinity Event Services



Here are some of the photo from Jago for Jaskeran & Navpreet’s wedding. We photographed Jaskaran’s festivities.

  • gagger at jago or jaggo ceremony
  • Gidda dance jago or Jaggo ceremony
  • Punjabi Boliyan at Jago or Jaggo ceremony
  • Punjabi Groom
  • Jaggo wedding ceremony photo session in Edmonton




  1. Surinder Sudhu says:

    Could I know what is the right procedure or way to pick up jaggo by maternal family members. Is Jaggo a sacred ceremony?

    1. A very good question. Usually it is the maternal aunt that picks up the jaggo first and then she passes on to the other aunts if any and then to the other family members. I will not say Jaggo is a sacred ceremony. In olden days before invitations, telephones etc, Jaggo or Jago ceremony was a way that the family let the villagers know that their son/daughter is getting married. They parade around the village dancing as well as inviting all the villagers to attend the wedding. Today it is turned into a night of fun before the wedding.

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