lørdag 19. desember 2020

What coronavirus means for India's 'big fat weddings'

Weddings are important the world over, but in India they're a cultural phenomenon. Couples often host lavish, days-long events for hundreds of guests, featuring elaborate venues, intricate garments, ornate decorations and plenty of gold, which is considered lucky. Bigger-budget productions can see ceremonies held in rented palaces, with grooms arriving on horseback and stages set up for dance performances.

They're a chance for families to establish status and, effectively, to show off -- so much so that India's wedding industry, reportedly worth around $50 billion a year, is now among the world's largest. Weddings are particularly popular during this time of the year, as the winter months are considered auspicious in the Hindu calendar.