Kashmir: Govt lays restriction on weddings in state, cap on number of guests and menu

Kashmiri weddings are prolonged for days, their celebrations are lavish, a lot of meat and rice is served in these celebrations irrespective of the fact whether people are eating it or no. This allegedly causes sharp rises in local food prices during the fall. The size of the wedding decides the social status of the people in Kashmir, the number of people invited and the amount of food cooked and the courses prepared decides the size of the wedding. The militancy had kind of stopped these big fat weddings, at least had bought a cap on them but now the trend of big fat wedding seems to rising all over again and in order to curb the rising trend the government has decided to bring down some restrictions.

To check lavish spending on weddings and other social functions, the J&K government has issued an order restricting the number of dishes to be served to seven, besides putting a cap on the number of guests that can be invited to these gatherings. The order was issued by the Secretary, Consumer Affairs Department, Shafiq Ahmad Raina. “There shall be complete ban on sending dry fruits, sweet packets extra with invitation card by any person to relatives, friends, guests, invitees etc,” read the order issued by the government.

There will also be a complete ban of amplifiers, speakers and firecrackers. The number of guests to be invited on marriage of daughter, marriage of son and small functions like engagement of son or daughter and other small functions should be restricted to a maximum of 500, 400 and 100 respectively. The number of non-vegetarian, vegetarian dishes to be cooked in such functions should be restricted to a max of seven each and two stalls of sweets and fruits. Government is taking these measures to curb the wastage of the food and the lavish spending on the wedding.

The order shall come into effect from April 1, 2017

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