Jalandhar:Amidst the ‘Big fat Punjabi Wedding’ culture where pomp and show lead rituals, a young couple in Jalandhar has set an example of sorts by solemnising marriage amidst comrades of Desh Bhagat Yadgar Hall (DBYH) Jalandhar and received two revolutionary books as ‘shagun’.
The couple got married on the martyrdom day of Shaheed Bhagat Singh, Rajguru and Sukhdev i.e. March 23. Inspired by the revolutionary thoughts of the martyrs, they lived the dreams of martyrs in the society.
Not only the couple set aside the trend of wasteful expenditure in marriages they also rose above caste system and accepted ‘humanity’ as each other’s religion. The marriage was followed by a tea party.
Sultan Diwana (25), a Muslim boy from Diwana village in Barnala district married Vatandeep Kaur (24), a resident of Chabal Kalan village of Tarn Taran district. The simple marriage ceremony was attended by the family of the bride and the groom, their friends and trustees of DBY Committee.
Notably, the young couple’s marriage took place at a time, when a bill on Marriages (Compulsory Registration and Prevention of Wasteful Expenditure) Bill 2016 was tabled in the Lok Sabha stating that anybody spending above Rs 5 lakh in wedding would have to contribute 10 percent of their income in poor girl’s marriages.
Talking to Daily Post, Sultan Diwana said that it was our conscious decision to solemnize the marriage without any pomp and show, rituals and wasteful expenditure. “Neither me nor my wife bought new clothes for marriage. We also did not invite a host of people in the ceremony. There were hardly 40 people, who became part of our marriage ceremony”, he said.
Vatandeep Kaur, the bride said that the only ritual she completed was applying ‘mehndi’ and wearing the traditional ‘Chuda’. “Our friends brought ‘wedding garlands’ for ‘Jai Mala’ ceremony while we received a poetry book of revolutionary Avtar Singh Sandhu ‘Pash’ and another on Sant Ram Singh Udasi. Moreover, marriage is a union of two souls not that of pomp and show”, she said.
Interestingly, the cupid struck when they first met each other at the annual Mela Gadhari Babeyan Da at DBYH last year. The couple has been associated with theatre and met through the workshops held for the popular ‘Jhande da Geet’ ahead of every mela.
“We both shared same ideology and it was decided that our marriage would be a simple affair. As I am a Muslim, we perform ‘Nikah’ while Sikhs solemnize the marriage through ‘Anand Karaj’. But, for us the biggest religion is that of ‘humanity’ and I am glad that I got a life partner who supports my thinking”, Sultan said.
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