‘There’ll Be No Celebrations’: Heavy Downpour Hits Kashmiri Weddings

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“The real winter is yet to arrive in the valley but this untimely snowfall has forced many people to cancel their weddings.”

Srinagar- The inclement weather has forced scores of families in Kashmir to put-off the wedding celebrations as the downpour submerged countless residential houses and left a trail of destruction, especially in south Kashmir districts on Saturday.

Dozens of families that had a scheduled wedding for the next two days have informed their invited guests through Facebook, that ‘there will be no marriage celebrations scheduled for next two days’.

Among these dozens of distressed families, the Wani family of Qazigund had to shoot an emergency message on Facebook updating people about the cancellation of their son’s and daughter's wedding.

“Salaam. Dear loved ones, I’m sorry to inform you that the marriage ceremony of the son and daughter of Mohd Amin Wani R/O Umar colony of Qazigund which was scheduled on 23/24 of October has been cancelled due to the bad weather. Please accept our apologies with regards to this unfortunate matter,” a family member of Wani’s posted on Facebook.

Kashmir Observer received several reports from different areas of south Kashmir, especially Shopian that a lot of people have suffered huge damages as hundreds of apple laden trees have been damaged due to the untimely downpour of snow.

Several of these families had to cancel their scheduled marriages in order to save their orchards.

“I, Ali Mohd Sheikh R/O Baghi Buchroo want to inform all relatives, near and dear ones who were invited to the marriage ceremony of my daughter scheduled on 23rd and 24th of October 2021, that due catastrophic weather, the invitation to all stands cancelled. However, simple Nikah will be performed as per schedule,” Sheikh updated on a local news web platform.

Pertinently, the weatherman has forecasted rains and snowfall to continue till Monday with heavy snowfall predicted for Sunday.

“The real winter is yet to arrive in the valley but this untimely snowfall has forced many people to cancel their weddings in the district because almost all of them are farmers and they cannot bear the losses caused by this downpour,” Aasim Manzoor, a resident of Shopian told Kashmir Observer. “They have even postponed the Nikah ceremony so that their family can participate in harvesting apples.”

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Zaid Bin Shabir

Zaid Bin Shabir is a special correspondent at Kashmir Observer. He tweets @Zaidbinshabir

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