Indore: Forget the usual big fat Indian wedding, now that Hindu wedding season has commenced with Dev Uthani Gyaras, the limited muhurats and queues of engaged couples waiting to get married since coronavirus outbreak doubled the competition and the trouble.
For Hindu weddings, the muhurats are limited this year and starting January, no weddings will be recommended citing no auspicious days till March!
For Christian weddings, there are no muhurats, but now with Advent season starting this Sunday, weddings will be not be preferred till Christmas. However, the winter vacation is the apt and most preferred time for weddings.
Weddings which were delayed from since May in Muslim families were planned for November as well.
Another twist adding to the wedding season is for those who intend to marry non-residential Indians (NRIs) or those living abroad. As per the usual protocol, all those engaged spouses will return to marry their better halves in December, as it is the only month off for them in most foreign countries.
Hindu Weddings: limited muhurats
Priest Ganesh Prasad Mishra shared there were only two marriage muhurats in the month of November, in which one date has passed on November 25, i.e. Tulsi Vivah.
“At the same time, there is no Muhurat till March next year as well. After this, those willing to get married must find and book an auspicious date in the 15-day bracket in May 2021,” he said.
The first Muhurta in November 2020 has passed on 25 November, now the next date is still on 30 November.
“Muhurat is of great importance in marriage as it predicts the auspicious time and date of the marriage for maximum compatibility and a good life. Now, those willing to get married in December on the auspicious dates have only 5 such dates. The five dates to get married on auspicious dates in December 2020 are: December 1, 7, 9, 10, 11”
- Satpal Bhatt, head priest of Khajrana temple
“In Christian community in Indore, May is generally a preferred month for weddings as it is vacation month. However, this year, we cannot have weddings in May. Now, the community’s general preference and even advice goes to post Christmas weddings. In Advent season and Lenten season, weddings are avoided.”
- Father Thomas Rajamanikam
Most weddings planned in December
“According to Islamic calendar, we do not organise weddings during the month of Ramzan and Muharram. Now, due to covid-19, the weddings before Ramzan have been cancelled. From August 21 to September 21, the month of Muharram was observed, hence no weddings. Further, families required at least a month to plan the wedding. So, most weddings are planned for November end and December 2020.”
- Idris Mansuri, Muslim community spokesperson
Flying abroad: only December wedding possible
“I got engaged last year and my fiancé stays in Atlanta, USA for his job, so he can only come back in December,” Surbhi Mistry, an artist, said. She had been waiting for her dream wedding with her dream man for a year.
“Now, it seems difficult to even have a proper Indian wedding, due to coronavirus outbreak and so many couples looking for the ideal wedding setting,” Mistry said.
Another such bride waiting for her NRI fiancé Himanshi Khare said, “It is not just the venue, everything is tougher getting the right cake, right plans, right photographer, etc. because there are so many couples looking for the same. In fact, this competition has also hiked rates.”
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