FROM A CORRESPONDENT
DERGAON, March 15: Amid colorful folk performances, 163 couples from different castes and communities got married in a mass wedding ceremony at Letekujan Tea Estate here in Golaghat district recently.
The brides and grooms belonging to economically weaker sections, who hail from different parts of Golaghat district, brought under one umbrella by the NGO Hindu Tea Tribe Cultural Protection Council, to get married.
The members of the organization exchanged garlands amidst spiritual chants as well wishers showered flowers of the ceremony, which was performed at Letekujan Siva Temple premises here.
“This is a symbol of social unification and empowerment of the community, which may be behind economically compared to others, but which strives to rise up the ladder. And, our role is just to provide that platform and opportunity,” said an office-bearer of Hindu Tea Tribe Cultural Protection Council.
He said that this was the culmition, but the process took about six months.
“We have to work out every details, check and authenticate claims made by prospective brides and grooms and then filly put it all together,” he said.
“Marriage was performed as per Hindu rituals,” he said, adding that “Our message is of social equality and harmony”. People of the locality have appreciated the novel initiative of the organization. All the invitees present in the mass wedding ceremony wished the couples a happy and successful married life.