It is believed that the Patel community shares common ancestry with the Punjabi Jats. They are hardworking and presently residing all over the world. A typical Leva Patel wedding is nothing less than a lavish Hindu wedding ceremony in India. The ceremonies start from a tradition known as chandlo marked as an application of vermilion mark on the forehead to announce acceptance of the alliance between the two families. The bride's father and four other male members from her family visit groom with auspicious items. The ceremony is followed by Mendhi wherein henna is applied on bride's hands. This is a huge event with grand feast. Leva Patel brides wear the traditional paanetar (silk saree - usually white with red border) and choodo (ivory bangle) which she receives from her maternal uncle. The saree is worn with palav facing the front. Red is primary colour for Leva briday dress. The present day brides prefer to wear designer lehengas and sarees. The Gujarati bridegrooms wear the traditional dhoti kurta. A formal suit is worn for the reception which is usually presented by the in-laws. On the evening of the wedding, the groom fully dressed in his D-day finery and carrying a katar (small dagger) leaves for the wedding venue. The Patel brides these days are highly educated and engaged in reputed professions across the globe. The present day Patel girls are also free to choose their partners and marry with the consent and blessings of their parents and elders in the family.