Kachchi Misri (other forms of the word include: Kacchi Misri, Kachi Misri) literally means “temporary sweet”. This term is used to describe one of the Sindhi wedding customs – the first of the many wedding ceremonies that takes place after both families give their approval. It is a small family affair, more like an informal engagement of the groom and the bride.
The girl/boy is given coconuts and misri as a symbolic gesture that shows he or she is being accepted to the other family and now belongs to it. Their relatives exchange the so-called shaguns, which are small gifts that consist of five types of fruits and money. Later, the bride’s family sends five kilos of sweets, five coconuts, a basket of fruit and some halva along with a symbolic sum of money to the groom’s family.
Kachchi Misri is traditionally followed by Pakki Mishri, which is the formal engagement ceremony that takes place one week before the wedding and is attended by family and close friends who watch the boy and the girl exchange rings.