Weddings and religious ceremonies get postponed due to COVID-19 fear in city

ST CORRESPONDENT
Monday, 16 March 2020

However, a staffer at Swapnapurti Wedding Hall in Kothrud said that there aren’t many wedding muhurats (auspicious days) in the month of March anyway.

PUNE: As the government has discouraged large gatherings of people owing to the fear of the spread of COVID-19, people in the city have begun postponing their weddings and other religious ceremonies.

Sayali Koparkar, who had a wedding in her family, said, “The coronavirus outbreak has really affected us in the worst possible way. We had a wedding in the family and since the government has prohibited public gatherings, we are seriously considering to postpone the function. In addition, we are also facing a lot of logistical problems.” 

Sayali’s brother-in law’s wedding was scheduled in the coming week.

Pune-based Hindu priest Sandeep Kulkarni, who performs religious ceremonies like weddings, said, “Two weddings, scheduled on June 28 and 30, have been cancelled already. One was of a US-based couple and the other was of a UK-based couple. Similarly, three events lined up this month have also been postponed indefinitely.”

“However, the number of online poojas are gradually increasing. However, due to restrictions on gatherings, there has been a sudden lull in the business,” he added. 

The events that are taking place also have a small attendance.

“I was at an engagement ceremony the other day and very few people from both sides showed up as they were scared of being a part of a large gathering. Due to this, the wedding, which was going to be held soon, has been postponed for a couple of months,” said a city-based wedding photographer.

However, a staffer at Swapnapurti Wedding Hall in Kothrud said that there aren’t many wedding muhurats (auspicious days) in the month of March anyway.

“The hall has been booked for the month of April and those bookings have not been cancelled yet,” he added.

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