JAIPUR: In a truly bizarre development, traditional Indian wedding finery gave way to hazmat suits and masks in a remote north Indian village in Rajasthan after the bride tested positive for the coronavirus just hours before her marriage, a local health official said.
The couple, whose names were not made public, decided to go ahead with the ceremony on Sunday in the courtyard of the COVID quarantine centre in Baran in Rajasthan. Interestingly enough, all the attendees wore PPE suits at the low-key wedding to avoid getting infected.
In front of the holy fire, the bride and groom exchanged garlands wearing matching blue hazmat suits, visors and face masks, giving the wedding an otherworldly feel.
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The priest, wearing a white hazmat suit and matching hood, chanted verses from Hindu scriptures while traditional wedding songs played in the background.
The bride had been admitted to the centre, where patients are kept under watch, after she and a family member tested positive, a health official said.
"We consulted with the families and they agreed to get married in the quarantine centre without any elaborate rituals," he said.
India has the world's second highest COVID-19 caseload after the United States.
Infections have fallen since hitting a peak in September in spite of a busy festival season last month, which saw bustling markets and crowded streets full of shoppers.
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