Livun is a Kashmiri pre-wedding ceremony to traditionally clean the house before wedding on an auspicious day.
As per the Kashmiri calendar which is read by the purohit, Livun takes place on an auspicious day in both the boy and girl’s house, not necessarily on the same day. All the married female members of the family attend Livun.
Decades ago when houses were made of mud, every year or on special occasions, the houses were cleaned and given a fresh coating of mud, which is termed as livun in kashmiri language. The floors of the Kashmiri mud houses were cleaned and treated with a mixture of cow dung, mud and water. These days, this is replaced with cleaning and painting the house.
The bua or pof (father’s sister) prepares var (a special rice pudding) which is distributed among the family, friends, neighbors and relatives. As a token of love and happiness, the parents give the bua cash in return.This preparation takes place separately in the boy’s and girl’s house.
On the day of Livun, the waza (family cook) arrives. Waza will set up an oven made of mud and brick called wuri / war in the backyard of the house using which the traditional meals for the wedding will be prepared. Traditionally, the consumption of meat is forbidden in Kashmiri weddings.