"it was decided to celebrate the marriage online."
The trend of unique marriages taking place amid lockdown continues with one Indian couple getting married over a video call.
They decided to get “virtually married” after lockdown prevented them from having a proper wedding.
The couple lived in different parts of India. They made the decision after a number of priests told them that there would be no “auspicious date for the next two years”.
Anjana, a resident of Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh, married Sreejith Nadesan in a video call after her wedding was cancelled in January and postponed to April 26, 2020.
She explained the decision to have a virtual wedding:
“I had booked tickets for April 18 for Kerala. However, due to the suspension, flight service was discontinued.
“The family did not want to miss the auspicious day and it was decided to celebrate the marriage online.”
Sreejith worked at a bank while Anjana is a software engineer.
During the video marriage, the wedding rituals were completed.
Following the unique wedding, the couple is now waiting for travel restrictions to be relaxed so that Anjana can travel to Kerala.
This is so that the couple can hold a reception for their family and friends.
Social media users who came to know about the wedding and congratulated the Indian couple.
They also discussed how the pandemic has led to a growing trend in online weddings.
In a similar case, a couple used Zoom to get married in their living rooms.
The groom, Sushen Dung, is originally from Mumbai but resides in Canada. He married Keerti Narang, a resident of Bareilly, Uttar Pradesh.
Prior to the lockdown, the wedding was set to take place in Uttarakhand on April 19, 2020. The venue and accommodation had been booked in advance but the lockdown forced them to cancel the bookings.
A friend of Sushen then suggested having an online wedding. The idea was welcomed by Sushen and his family.
The idea took some time to persuade Keerti’s family due to them being inactive on social media. Eventually, they agreed to the Zoom wedding.
Through the video calling app, over 150 guests witnessed the wedding from their homes. They even had a pandit conducting the ceremony. He performed the rituals from his home in Raipur, Chhattisgarh.
Both families had the wedding live-streamed. This resulted in 16,000 viewers watching the ceremony take place.
India’s lockdown was set to end on May 4, 2020, but it has now been extended.
On May 1, the Government of India extended the nationwide lockdown further by two weeks until May 17, with some relaxations.
The country has been split into three zones: red zones (130 districts), orange zones (284 districts) and green zones (319 districts).
Red Zones have a high number of coronavirus cases and a high doubling rate, Orange Zones have comparatively fewer cases and Green Zones have not had any cases in the past 21 days.