Why Are Malayalis Obsessed About Getting Married During a Pandemic?

Every single day, there’s some news about people who have attended weddings in Kerala testing positive, including the bride and the groom. Are Malayalis not taking the pandemic seriously? 

Despite the Kerala Government’s regulatory guidelines allowing no more than 50 people to attend weddings, it seems to have damaged the ‘Break The Chain’ initiative of the State. During weddings, people tend to forget to follow the social distancing rules and responsible behavior, let alone wearing masks in the right manner. This makes us wonder if the people in Kerala prefer getting married and risk the chance of getting infected over staying safe.

Is it necessary, though, to get married during a pandemic? 

Many families in Kerala have had to postpone major events in their lives this year, be it travel plans, celebrating festivities, or even hosting weddings. But then, there are others who ignore the seriousness of the situation and host events where the chances of transmission of the coronavirus are high. Very recently, at least five people who attended a wedding at Trikaripur in the district of Kasargod had tested positive. The health authorities, therefore, had to trace everyone who attended the wedding for testing. All this could have been avoided if the wedding didn’t happen in the first place. 

Also Read: WHY COVID-19 IS NOT THE END OF THE WORLD

Nowadays, many people are resorting to virtual weddings that take place online. It is a break from the stereotypical wedding scenario, but it has worked in favor of many couples.

Most of the time, weddings and funerals, where gatherings take place, turn out to be COVID-19 clusters, thereby, increasing the risk of spread. Sure, events such as weddings are an integral part of many Malayalis’ lives, but it should not come at the risk to one’s own health and lead to avoidable fatalities.

For now, all we can do is hope that people act responsibly, and understand that we are responsible for our own lives. 

Aishwarya Gopinathhttps://pinklungicom.wordpress.com/
A foodie at heart, an aspiring novelist, and an enthusiastic writer by nature, I love to dig deep into culture and lifestyle of the place and people around me. I hope to make people cry, laugh, smile, angry, and satisfied with my writing.

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