Lockdown and social distancing turn weddings minimalist | Noida News
On Sunday, Sandeep Rajput went the 50-odd km from Bhudhga Rampur village in Greater Noida to Jewar with a baraat of five — his father, brother, brother-in-law and two drivers. Everyone wore a mask and travelled in two cars.
“My mother passed away this Holi. I live with my father and two brothers, one of whom is mentally ill. It has not been easy. When the lockdown was announced, we thought we should reschedule the wedding — it was planned on April 17. We heard the lockdown would be relaxed after April 20, but that did not happen either. After that, we didn’t want to wait,” Sandeep said. So he sought help from the MLA and got permission from the administration to go ahead. “Everyone wrapped handkerchiefs around their face as masks. It was a simple ceremony.”
On the same day, another wedding was solemnised in A Block of Noida’s Sector 46. Ashi Singhal and Aman Singhal, both managers at an IT company, got married at Aman’s house. Ashi’s grandmother and uncle and some of Aman’s close family members attended the small ceremony.
Since the lockdown began, at least six couples in Noida have chosen not to go the Zoom way (it just didn’t feel right) or start a seemingly endless wait for the lockdown to end.
Like Mansi Purwar, a 28-year-old software engineer, and Shubham Gupta, a 29-year-old executive at a private firm. They got engaged in December and had landed on an April date for the wedding. “All preparations were done when the lockdown was announced. And just when we thought we might still make the date, the lockdown was extended,” said Shubham, who lives in Samridhi Grand Avenue Society. The priest told them the next date was in December or February next year. “We didn’t want to seem desperate but we just didn’t want to wait that long,” said Mansi. “So we decided we’d get married in a small ceremony and throw a grand reception later.” Mansi moved into her uncle’s place in Gaur City and the planning began, with creative improvisations.
“We couldn’t get sweets, so we got dry fruits. We strung together the garlands ourselves. And got the families on videoconference. My wife lent Mansi her bridal attire and Shubham wore formals,” said Vinay Purwar, Mansi’s cousin. They got married on Saturday.
For many couples, in times of social distancing, it was the size of the wedding procession that was found easily dispensable. Ankit Nagar, a bank manager from Dujana village, was accompanied by a baraat of four when he went to Kot in Dadri to marry Priyanka. Sonu, from Dadri’s Shivam Gadhi, cut his procession down to just three people — his father, the pandit and the driver.
Police said granting permission is not a problem as long as social distancing rules are followed. “If two or three people gather and hold a small wedding ceremony, it should be fine. If police get information that it’s getting crowded, we will intervene. But that has not happened so far,” said DCP (Greater Noida) Rajesh Kumar Singh.
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