A man in Bhagalpur district, India was due to marry his fiancée last year January, but the ceremony was postponed due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The wedding was re-slated this year but a second wave of Covid-19 broke out in Bihar, and lockdown was declared, thus, the ceremony had to be postponed again.
However, on May 21st, the man whose name is Gautam Kumar donned on his wedding attire, hopped on a bicycle and cycled twenty four kilometres to his fiancée’s house.
With no fancy decorations, pomp or wedding guests, Gautam immediately got down to business. He was there to marry his woman, and marry her he would. His bride’s family readily welcomed him, and they set to have the ceremony in the house.
A priest was called to preside over the ceremony and the marriage rites were conducted that same day.
Gautam’s decision to noiselessly wed his bride did not go unnoticed in the district; he was commended by Prabhat Ranjan, the BDO (Block Development Officer) of Shambhuganj block who lauded his remarkable, bold action and went further to give him an award.
“While the Bihar government still appeals to people to avoid going to crowded places, this step by Gautam is commendable. Gautam got married, too, without other people facing any problem,” the BDO said.
The BDO added that the Banka district administration would recommend a reward for the bride under the Chief Minister Kanya Vivah Yojana.
So, Gautam got married to his bride, Kumkum Kumari without any fuss or fanfare, and he got rewarded for it! Gautam might just be the first man to receive an award for getting married without inviting any wedding guests.
Talk about a peculiar first.
Racheal Niza-Val is a Nigerian writer and author. She seeks to use her pen to do only three things. Entertain, Educate, and Enthrall.