Weddings in the time of Covid: 'Zawaj' offers complete solution for new challenges

Business Desk
June 2, 2020

The covid-19 lockdown has thrown wedding plans in disarray in coastal Karnataka like all other activities involving a crowd of people. While many people chose to postpone the scheduled and about to be scheduled weddings, some are going ahead with scheduled plans and holding weddings with no more than 50 guests as per the guidelines issued by the government of Karnataka. 

The government may relax the norms and allow participation of more guests in the future. However, holding wedding ceremonies will be a new challenge when people are returning to a ‘new normalcy.’ Compared to the traditional wedding ceremonies of the region, marriages in the time of Covid-19 are expected to be smaller as the organizers have to adhere to the safety protocol and safe distancing norms. Given this situation, to limit risks and ensure safety, families now will have to consider wedding planners to help them celebrate their weddings.

“The postponed weddings will take place in the coming days as the lockdown is being relaxed in a phased manner. However, it won’t be like our traditional weddings. There won’t be 3000 guests.  Government directives will be have followed. We expect change in trend from big fat weddings to a small, close family, picture perfect weddings,” says Sartaj Beary, Managing Partner, Zawaj Weddings and Events.

“Our curetted packages will take care of wedding invitations, outdoor venue, premium catering, bridal make up, mehendi function, photography, videography, décor, thermal scanning systems, hand sanitizers and N 95 masks etc. We hope with our experiences we can offer stress free celebration to the families while we plan everything from scratch as per client requirement,” he assures.

“Ultimately, our society has to adopt an innovative way of marriage. At this point, we can say that any wedding in 2020 will look different as the novel coronavirus has disrupted the weddings everywhere. We know it is a big milestone for families and we at Zawaj are here to assure families that we can help a stress free wedding,” he adds.

New Normal Era Weddings

In the ‘new normal era’, weddings across the world will be totally different from what we used to see before the pandemic. People need to be cautious while attending mass gathering and it is important. Gone are the days of closed AC venues. Outdoor weddings will be the future, where seating are spread out and space between tables, stage, food counters will be maximum as per  safe distancing protocols. 

Wedding planners and caterers will have to ensure systematic safety protocol, safe and responsible operations, preparation of the food, event crew and vendors safe zone, sanitized kitchen, transportations. Even buffet settings will change to include smaller but multiple cuisines, self serving stations, markings on line to maintaining safe distance at the food counters.

More importantly, venue has to be prepared as per the government instructions. Things like disinfection and sanitization, hygiene, ample toilet facilities, hand wash, thermometer scans, masks, sanitizing stations should be taken care of. People from all walks of life will embrace this form of marriage. The services of wedding planners will be most opted in future.

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July 10,2021

Mangaluru, July 10: Eid Al-Adha will be celebrated in coastal Karnataka on Wednesday, July 21, as the crescent of Dul Hijjah was not sighted on Saturday evening in the region. 

Qadhis of Dakshina Kannada and Udupi have made this announcement. 

Dul Hijjah, which this year begins on July 12, is the month during which the Hajj pilgrimage takes place and is the last month of the Islamic calendar.

In Middle East including Saudi Arabia, however, Eid Al-Adha will be celebrated on July 20. Hajj will start on Dul Hijjah 7 (July 17) and end on Dul Hijjah 11 (July 21). The day of Arafat will fall on Dul Hijjah 9, July 19 in Saudi Arabia.

Pilgrims’ tents at Arafat, as well as facilities in Mina and other areas where pilgrims will stay in Muzdalifah have all been inspected. The Kingdom announced online registration for pilgrims, which began on June 13,  had closed, with 60,000 people from within the Kingdom qualifying after meeting the requirements.

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July 12,2021

Bengaluru, July 12: Karnataka’s Covid-19 numbers fell by 79 per cent in past one month, even though the number of daily cases has not yet reached pre-second wave figures.

On Sunday, 1,978 new cases were registered in the state, out of which 22 per cent or 433 cases were found in Bengaluru Urban. Four weeks ago, an average 5,900 cases were being found daily in the state, at a time when the state was conducting about 1.56 lakh tests per day.

Comparing that with the last seven days shows that the state has been finding 2,522 new cases daily. The number of daily tests too have declined slightly. In this past week, an average of 1.49 lakh tests were done. 

After Bengaluru Urban’s 433 cases, the next highest caseloads reported on Sunday were from Mysuru district (261 cases), Dakshina Kannada (195 cases), Hassan (132 cases) and Shivamogga (124 cases). The total number of new cases and 2,326 discharges statewide brings Karnataka’s active caseload to 36,737. 

In addition, 56 new deaths were disclosed on Sunday, which is in keeping with the declining death toll due to Covid. Of these 56 new deaths, six had happened in late May and eight in June. Out of the rest, only seven occurred on Sunday, 19 had happened on Saturday and 11 on Friday. 

Among the fatalities, the youngest was an 18-year-old woman from Kolar who died at a private hospital on July 10, nine days after being diagnosed with the disease. She also had symptoms of Severe Acute Respiratory Infection (SARI) but no known comorbidities.

The oldest was an 88-year-old woman in Bengaluru Urban who also died on Saturday, within 24 hours of being diagnosed with the disease. She also suffered from diabetes and hypertension.

The state administered 1.34 lakh doses on Sunday, which is roughly half of the average number of doses given in the previous 14 days. Out of the doses given, 85,779 were first doses while 48,953 were second doses. The new doses constituted a slight increase in the state’s vaccination coverage.

As per data, 40.91 per cent of all adults in Karnataka have had the first dose while 9.20 per cent have had the second dose. In Bengaluru Urban, the first dose coverage has reached 64.09 per cent while the second dose coverage has reached 14.20 per cent.

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July 18,2021

Mangaluru, July 18: Moderate to heavy rains continued to batter coastal districts of Dakshina Kannada and Udupi districts on Sunday. The twin districts have been receiving bountiful rain for over a week. 

Roads in various parts of Mangaluru were waterlogged, inconveniencing motorists. In the meantime, the IMD has predicted heavy to very heavy rainfall over coastal Karnataka till July 22.

Following heavy rains, the storm-water drains are overflowing in various parts of the district. The water level in rivers, rivulets has increased considerably. The district had received 1769 mm rainfall from January till July 17. As many as 4,059 electricity poles and 201 transformers had been damaged in the district since April.

The Chelyadka bridge connecting Kunjoorupanja-Panaje in Puttur was inundated for the second time in the past five days. As the water continued to remain on the bridge, the movement of vehicles was banned.  A few buses were operating on Mani-Santyaru road. Without transportation facilities, the residents of Gummategadde, Ajjikallu, Kapikadu and Olathadka villages faced many inconveniences.

Several houses were flooded in Kaup taluk of Udupi following heavy rain across the district on Sunday.

The artificial flood has inundated houses in Majoor, Uliyaru, Karandadi, Mallar residential areas. Measures have been taken to shift affected people to safer locations. A patient was carried in a chair to the safer area in Kaup.

On the other hand, the sea continued to remain rough and fishermen have been advised not to venture in for fishing. Several layouts in Udupi town are also affected by floods. 

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