Weddings are momentous occasions with one’s family members and friends coming together to celebrate the start of a new phase of life. But the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic has thrown a wrench into many people’s wedding plans. However, in a recent display of communal kindness in the times of COVID-19, the patients of a COVID care centre in Kerala gathered together to surprise a young woman who missed her nikah ceremony after testing positive for the virus. The bride, 19-year-old Faziya, can be seen celebrating and dancing with other patients in a video that has now gone viral on social media.
A Unique Wedding Party
Family members admitted the bride to a centre in Mattanchery, Ernakulam, just a day before her scheduled wedding to a man named Niyaz. She told the Times of India, "I was about to venture out of the house to buy dresses for the wedding when I came to know that I had tested positive." However, the bride’s family did not cancel or postpone the wedding as the bride’s presence is not mandatory at a nikah ceremony.
The bride’s fellow patients planned to throw her a surprise Oppana party after they realised she’ll be missing her big day. Sudheer, a junior health inspector aware of the event, told the New Indian Express, “As entertaining events are permissible inside Covid wards to cool off their fear over the disease, all of them enjoyed the party.”
The party’s viral video, posted by DMG Kochi Films on Facebook, features all the patients taking turns to dance around the beaming bride and singing the song Vadakkele Pathoone from the film Parava. At the end of the video, all of them gather around the bride to click a group selfie.
As per NDTV, the patients topped off the celebrations with food distributed at the centre. One inmate even managed to score some biryani for the other patients.
The Coronavirus pandemic has imposed many restrictions on people’s lives. However, some people have managed to circumvent obstacles and celebrate occasions – both big and small. Last month, a viral video emerged wherein a 93-year-old woman was celebrating her lockdown birthday by cutting a cake and swaying to the Bollywood song Aankh Maare from the movie Simmba.
Similarly, in July 2020, two sisters did a heartwarming celebratory dance in Pune after one of them beat COVID-19 and returned home. Read more about the viral video here.
Picture Credits: Times of India
Tarini Gandhiok is an intern with SheThePeople.TV