PUNE: It seems blind faith rules over science, going by the fact that the office of the registrar registered fewer marriages this Valentine’s Day on Wednesday as it was also ‘no moon day’. Usually, more marriages are registered every Valentine’s Day.
As per the registrar’s office, only 35 marriages were registered this Valentine’s Day compared to over 70 on Valentine’s Day last year.
Marriage Officer Anil Nandkar said, “We register a record number of marriages on Valentine’s Day. On a normal day, we have a maximum of 15 wedding registrations while on Valentine’s Day we have at least 70 wedding registrations as many couples prefer this special day to get hitched.
But as ‘no moon day’ fell on Wednesday, there was a drastic drop in the number of weddings registered,” said Nandkar.
Last year under Section 13 (certificate of marriage) of the Special Marriage Act, 69 weddings were registered while under Section 16 (procedure of registration) of the Special Marriage Act six weddings were registered. However, this year on Valentine’s Day under Section 13 only 33 couples registered their marriages while under Section 16 only two weddings were registered.
Nandkar added, “Every year on this day the percentage of young couples getting married is more compared to marriages of middle-aged or old couples. This year the trend was similar, but there was a drop in number of registrations. All the couples range from the minimum age of 19 to maximum age of 35.”
There were couples for whom love is more important than observing ‘no moon’ day. Ankita Kamble (25), a software engineer, said, “I am getting married today (Valentine’s Day) to Amol Darande who too is a software engineer as this was the day when he proposed to me. To make it a memorable day of our lives, we decided to get married.”
“I want to cherish this day and make it memorable for her,” said Vishal Phalke (23), who got married to Pooja Kamble (19), a student.
Hemant Solanki (26), who exchanged vows with Chandani Solanki (23), finds this day a boon for husbands who tend to forget their wedding anniversary. He said, “Getting married on this day will help us in the future as none of us would forget our marriage anniversary.”