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Expensive weddings a social menace, must be rooted out

Do you think the trend of simple weddings must continue post Covid?

Expensive weddings a social menace, must be rooted out

No pomp and show: A couple ties the nuptial knot at a low-key wedding ceremony at their residence amid the Covid pandemic in Jalandhar. Tribune Photo

Simple events would provide respite to middle class families, though business of caterers, designers, make-up artists, etc will suffer

Simple marriage Events need of hour

Spending a large amount of money on wedding ceremonies having a large number of people now seems to be a thing of the past. For the time being, wedding ceremonies have been reduced to a low-key affair, which is good for all, especially middle-class families. Simple marriages will create equality in society. It will improve the economic condition of many landless farmers and other families who have to take loans for their daughters to somehow arrange their weddings. Low-key wedding or other ceremonies are much in demand due to the spread of the virus. Moreover, simple marriages are easier to plan. The pandemic has already been financially devastating for people all over the country. So, the need of the hour is to hold small and simple wedding ceremonies. I believe this must continue even after the virus is over.

Khushpreet Kaur Brar

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Wedding industry will be ruined

Weddings are a special gala occasion for most Indians (rich and poor), who spend money lavishly on everything related to the occasion like clothes, decoration, banquet halls, etc. People spare no expenses to turn marriage functions into a big splendid affair. But now the Covid-induced lockdown has taken a massive toll on wedding-related ceremonies. Many have postponed their weddings and others have cancelled big wedding celebrations opting for an intimate wedding in which only the immediate family members are accommodated. Extravagant grand affairs have been replaced by small-gathering functions as people have become conscious of the new normal for celebrating weddings amid the pandemic. The trend is good and should continue even if the pandemic is over. Since social distancing is the need of the hour, weddings on the small scale will give a respite to those Indians who can't spend lavishly on the wedding of their sons and daughters. Rather it has proved to be a boon for the middle and lower middle-class families who lack resources. However, the flipside is that caterers, designers, make-up artists, wedding planners, etc, have been adversely affected. The wedding industry worth crores of rupees has been ruined.

Tarsem S Bumrah

Discourage expensive wedding ceremonies

Indian weddings are events that bring together people from different professions like wedding planners, technicians, photographers, caterers, artisans and many more. Unfortunately, the pandemic this year has caused a huge loss to the stakeholders involved in this sector. The Covid-induced lockdown has changed the trend of wedding ceremonies. The celebrations, which earlier used to be fancy, big-budget and colourful and elaborate, are now a low-key affair. Even amid the pandemic, splendid wedding ceremonies are still going on as usual with a huge gathering being invited against the government's advisory, thanks to the unholy nexus between politicians, wedding palace owners and administrative officials. Expensive wedding ceremonies are a social menace and it should be uprooted.

Gursharan Singh Kainth

Many lives depend on marriages

Since long our seers, saints and great gurus giving us lessons of simple living and high thinking, which is still relevant. But this lesson should be voluntarily taken, it should not be mandatory. People should be convinced by practical examples by the religious and political leaders about it. Moreover central and state governments should know that local economy in our country depends upon religious festivals and social functions. If they are taken away economy may crash. Now government has imposed a restriction of 50 persons to attend any marriage function. Just yesterday very successfully NEET exams were held for which government deserves all appreciations. In our city in one of the centre there were more than 900 candidates but social distancing norms were strictly observed. In similar way for marriage functions government should allow upto 50 percent invitees out of the full seating capacity of the banquet hall or resorts. Rule of the physical distancing would be easily observed as all invitees are not expected at the same time like NEET exam. Moreover we should not forget the long list of traders and service providers involved with one marriage function. So keeping in view the declining economy and to remove the panic from the minds of the general public, government should allow marriage and other social function with a restrict ing the limit to 50 percent of the capacity.

Harsh N Johar

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