Traditional Indian wedding finery gave way to hazmat suits and masks in a remote north Indian village after the bride tested positive for the coronavirus just hours before her marriage, a local health official said.
The couple, whose names were not made public, decided to go ahead with the ceremony on Sunday in the courtyard of the COVID quarantine center in Baran in the western state of Rajasthan – their protective gear giving it an otherworldly feel.
Under a bright red canopy and in front of the holy fire, the bride and groom exchanged garlands wearing matching blue hazmat suits, visors, and face masks.
The priest, looking like an astronaut in a white hazmat suit and matching hood, chanted verses from Hindu scriptures while traditional wedding songs played in the background.
The bride had been admitted to the center, where patients are kept under watch after she and a family member tested positive, health official Rajendra Meena told Reuter’s partner ANI.
“We consulted with the families and they agreed to get married in the quarantine center without any elaborate rituals,” he said. Afterward, both bride and groom were placed in isolation at the center, part of a network of quarantine facilities set up in almost every village.