Srinagar, April 9: Amid COVID-19 scare, people are cancelling scheduled weddings in Kashmir.
There is complete lockdown in Kashmir to contain the Coronavirus. At the same time, people have also decided to cancel weddings to stop the virus from spreading.
It was nearly after a decade that someone from Mohammad Shafi’s family in Pampore is getting married.
His lone son-Shabir Ahmad was scheduled to get married on April 4. Bhat’s family however decided to cancel his wedding.
“We had decided to cook five-quintals of meat on his wedding. But we cancelled his wedding in view spread of COVID-19,” Mohammad Shafi told Kashmir Indepth News Service.
“We did not want any gathering at our home even our close relatives,” he added.
Mohammad Sharif, a resident of Ganderbal, whose daughter was scheduled to get married on March 30 said, “ We cancelled the wedding as all of us have to maintain social distancing and stay at home this is the only way to protect ourselves,” he said.
Weddings in Kashmir are elaborate affairs with extravagant feasts. Exotic dishes are prepared for days together at homes of bride and groom.
Last year too after abrogation of Article 370, scores of marriages were either postponed or the Nikkah ceremonies were held with simplicity due to restrictions being at place.