When it comes to Hindu weddings in India normally we get the idea its an elaborate and noisy affair with a throng of relatives and guests taking part actively in the celebrations. But the pandemic has made several states impose restrictions around the number of people allowed in a wedding ceremony.
This wedding is a way too different as the bride was tested positive for Covid-19 in Baran state in Rajasthan still they went ahead with the wedding but in a different level though. Both the bride and groom were wearing matching ‘hazmat’ suits, visors and facemasks. Under a bright canopy and in front of the holy fire the bride and the groom exchange garlands. A local health official said the bride’s positive test results cane just hours before marriage.
Traditional wedding songs played in the background and the priest was wearing a white hazmat suit with a hood and chanted prayers and verses from Hindu scriptures as per the Hindu tradition. Even when the bride was confirmed of the virus the couple readily decided to go forward with the wedding. And their protective gear have certainly given them a celestial feel.
“We consulted with the families and they agreed to get married in the quarantine centre without any elaborate rituals,” health official Rajendra Meena said. Afterwards, both bride and groom were placed in isolation at the centre, part of a network of quarantine facilities set up in almost every village.
India has the world’s second highest COVID-19 caseload after the United States, with over 9.6 million confirmed cases.Infections have fallen since hitting a peak in September in spite of a busy festival season last month, which saw bustling markets and crowded streets full of shopping spree loaded people.