Hyderabad: The second wave of Covid pandemic and the subsequent lockdown imposed in the State to contain the spread of the virus has prompted several families to either postpone or alter the arrangements made for their children’s marriage scheduled for the auspicious days on May 16 and 30.
A few families have already postponed the wedding while others changed the venue from marriage halls they had already booked to their residences with limited guests. As per norms prescribed by the State government, only 40 people would be allowed to participate in marriage functions. In tune with the rules laid down by the State government, a retired employee from Shamirpet modified the arrangements made for the wedding of his daughter on May 16.
The family had initially made arrangements to perform the marriage on a grand note at a function hall in Malkajgiri. “We paid an advance for the marriage hall and made all other arrangements. But the lockdown forced us to change our plans to perform the wedding of my only daughter at our home in a low-key affair on Sunday,” M Venkatesh Yadav told ‘Telangana Today’. “We could not postpone the marriage at the last minute since we had already distributed wedding cards to our relatives and made other arrangements,” he said.
Another family from Alwal deferred the marriage of their first daughter to ‘Shravanamasam’, which is considered as auspicious, instead of May 30. One of the reasons for the family’s decision to postpone the marriage was that the girl’s father was discharged from the hospital recently after undergoing treatment for Covid. The girl’s youngster sister was also affected by Covid. The family members already booked a marriage hall in Kompally for the wedding but after two positive cases in the family, they decided to postpone it to July.
“Since it is the first ceremony in our family, we don’t want to take any chance as Covid is wreaking havoc,” the girl’s mother Ch Shashirekha said and hoped that the impact of Covid would reduce by July. Meanwhile, the Police and Revenue Department officials said that there should not be any large gatherings in marriage venues and everyone including guests should adhere to Covid safety protocols.
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