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07 Jun

Baraat - Indian Wedding Tradition Meets Italian Motoring Heritage

Baraat History and Introduction

In Hindu and Sikh weddings, the groom is led to the marriage venue in a procession known as the Baraat. In Sikh Tradition, the groom arrives wearing a sahara and saafa while carrying a kirpan. He is accompanied by family members, groomsmen, and friends known as baraatis.

Baraat Horse

The use of a Ghodi, or white horse, as transport for the Groom to the wedding venue is a common part of Indian tradition. Family members adorn the Ghodi with embellishments to match the groom as all eyes are on the two as they make their way through the procession.

A Modern Twist

In the 21st century, here at Wedding Supercars, we have brought the tradition in to the modern era with the use of our Supercars, primarily the white Ferrari 458 Italia. In this situation we have replaced the Ghodi with a white Italian horse that will transport the Groom at the head of the procession.

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The significance of using a Ferrari is reconciled back to the badge and symbol of the marque:

The famous symbol of the Ferrari race team is the Cavallino Rampante ("prancing horse") black prancing stallion on a yellow shield, usually with the letters S F (for Scuderia Ferrari), with three stripes of green, white and red (the Italian national colours) at the top. The road cars have a rectangular badge on the hood (see picture at top of page), and, optionally, the shield-shaped race logo on the sides of both front wings, close to the door.

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On 17 June 1923, Enzo Ferrari won a race at the Savio track in Ravenna where he met the Countess Paolina, mother of Count Francesco Baracca, an ace of the Italian air force and national hero of World War I, who used to paint a horse on the side of his planes. The Countess asked Enzo to use this horse on his cars, suggesting that it would bring him good luck.

The original "prancing horse" on Baracca's airplane was painted in red on a white cloud-like shape, but Ferrari chose to have the horse in black (as it had been painted as a sign of grief on Baracca's squadron planes after the pilot was killed in action) and he added a canary yellow background as this is the colour of the city of Modena, his birthplace. The Ferrari horse was, from the very beginning, markedly different from the Baracca horse in most details, the most noticeable being the tail that in the original Baracca version was pointing downward.

Ferrari has used the cavallino rampante on official company stationery since 1929.

Wedding Supercars

Effectively we are using a modern white horse, one with a significant racing heritage which will add presence, style and drama, making a huge statement for the Groom and his baraatis as they approach the wedding ceremony.

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The baraatis can be transported in a further five cars from our stable, all dressed to support the Ghodi and the Groom.

You can choose from:

  • Maserati GTS
  • Mustang GT
  • Aston Martin DB9
  • Ferrari 308 GTS
  • Tesla S

To discuss your needs and requirements for your modern Baraat then please contact us at:

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Telephone: 07720 449 702 / 07966 531 565

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