Entering into wedlock amid lockdown

Two couples don masks at simple, quiet ceremonies in Mohali gurdwara

Sanjay Bumbroo

Tribune News Service

Mohali, April 4

With the curfew in the state in view of Covid-19, a family of this town solemnised the weddings of their two children in a simple, quiet manner at Gurdwara Kalgidhar Singh Sabha in Phase IV today.

Dharamveer Singh, a resident of Mohali, had earlier booked a marriage hall to conduct the marriage of his son Vikramjit Singh and daughter Bhupinder Kaur. Due to the Covid outbreak and consequent restrictions being clamped, the family had decided to conduct the ceremonies in a simple way. Only family members of the brides and bridegrooms participated in the celebrations.

Dharamveer Singh said after banquet halls were closed in view of the lockdown, they had to cancel the bookings. They visited various gurdwaras in the town before zeroing in on the one in Phase IV, which they found well-maintained and hygienic.

He said the shrine complex was sanitised twice a day. He said as food was being cooked for a large number of migrant labourers in the community kitchen of the shrine, they also served simple food to their guests. He said the wedding of his daughter was solemnised in the morning as the family of the bridegroom had come from Gurdaspur after taking family passes from the district administration there. He said his daughter-in-law belonged to Chandigarh and works in the police department. Dharamveer Singh said the brides and the grooms had covered their faces with masks and every one wore gloves after sanitising their hands.

Expressing happiness over a simple wedding, the brides and the bridegrooms said they could have postponed their weddings but they wanted to give a message to the society to hold such functions in a simple way. They said earlier, they had distributed cards to hundreds of their guests and booked banquet halls, but after the lockdown they had to cancel the bookings. They urged their relatives and friends not to come for the function.

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