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Close family and friends are invited to the house to depart together for the Gurdwara (Sikh place of worship). The groom's party is called the Barat. Prior to departure the family perform a Sagaan ceremony which involves everyone blessing the groom with gifts of cash and well wishes. The Sagaan ceremony is a traditional cultural ceremony and not a religious ceremony. Decorations to his turban and garland necklaces (in this case made of dollar bills rather than the typical flowers) are placed around his neck. Sitting beside the groom is his Sarbala, a younger member of the family who will accompany the groom as his right-hand man and symbolic protector for the day. The Sarbala is lucky to also receive gifts of cash during the Sagaan ceremony.