The Matangs are among the ancient communities of Maharashtra. The great Marathi literary scholar, Anna Bhau Sathe, belongs to the Matang community. Like the other Marathi communities, Matangs celebrate their marriage festival with the traditional Marathi wedding rituals and ceremonies. Some of the important wedding rituals involving the matang brides are Sakhar Puda, Kelvan, Basta Bandhane, Haldi Chadavane and Varat. The Sakhar Puda ceremony is a pre-wedding engagement ritual conducted at the house of the bride where the bridegroom's mother applies haldi-kumkum and gives a sari to the Matang Brides. Afterwards, the bridegroom's mother gives Sakhar Puda, a cone shaped decorative sweet. This is normally followed by Kelvan ceremony, a small puja to family deity performed at both bride's and the groom's house. The process of selecting clothes for the groom and bride is observed as the Basta Bandhane ceremony. As part of Haldi Chadavane ceremony, another pre-wedding ritual, five married ladies (suvasinis) apply turmeric paste three times to the body of the bride followed by a haldi bath. This is also done for the bridegroom. In olden days, Matang marriages were used to be conducted at the bridegroom's house itself with the brides and their relatives coming to the house of the bridegroom. The matang marriage ceremony is conducted with a Bhataji (priest) chanting sacred words and people blessing the marriage couples by throwing colored rice (akshata) which declares the marriage. The marriage ceremony is marked by playing music band and other usual festivities. On the night of the marriage, the big marriage procession called Varat, a post wedding ritual, takes place in which bride and bridegroom take part concluding the marriage festivities.