Kolkata: In today’s world, saying ‘I do’ or having a big, fat Indian wedding, can cost the parents their entire life savings.
To help couples, who cannot afford wedding ceremonies, the 74th ward of Trinamool Congress organised a first-of-its-kind mass wedding on Saturday on Alipore road.
The event which began with an annual blood donation camp in the morning, was followed by the mass wedding which had eleven couples tying the knot on the same platform.
Speaking at the inauguration ceremony, TMC leader Madan Mitra said: “There have been mass weddings before, but this is the first time that such a wedding has been organised on the occasion of Saraswati puja, which is also considered the Valentines’ day for Bengalis”.
Bengal Trinamool Congress President Subrata Bakshi, mayor Firhad Hakim, minister Sovandeb Chatterjee, Kolkata Municpal Corporation chairperson Mala Roy attended the event.
The couples, who had applied to take part in the programme, hailed from various places in Bengal such as Bantala, Howrah, Midnapore and Bardhaman.