Match Made in Heaven

One date. 60,000 wed­dings. All on Novem­ber 27.

India Today - - NATION - By Shravya Jain

Un­less you have been in­vited to a wed­ding on Novem­ber 27, the best thing to do would be to stay home. Thanks to an aus­pi­cious day in the Hindu cal­en­dar, 60,000 wed­dings are tak­ing place that day in Delhi. The po­lice have is­sued a travel ad­vi­sory and bumper-to-bumper traf­fic is ex­pected ev­ery­where.

Twenty-seven adds up to nine which is the num­ber of Mars, while the en­tire date (27+11+2011) adds up to six, the num­ber of Venus. As­trologers cal­cu­late aus­pi­cious dates for a cou­ple ac­cord­ing to their nak­sha­tra (stars). Astrologer Prem Ku­mar Sharma says the day falls on a Sun­day which is ruled by the Sun and is a good day for two peo­ple to meet. Also, Mer­cury, Venus and rahu, the north node of the moon, are in one house while the pow­er­ful Sun and Saturn are in the other house. “Their po­si­tion in­flu­ences mar­riage in a good way,” he says.

Ev­ery mar­riage hall in Delhi is booked for three shifts on the aus­pi­cious day. Wed­ding par­ties have been warned not to ex­ceed the al­lot­ted time. Manika Garg of E-fac­tor, an event and wed­ding man­age­ment com­pany, says re­sources are be­ing stretched to the limit. Food cater­ers and band­wal­lahs might end up do­ing five shifts. Ar­maan Khan, a wed­ding plan­ner, says there is a tremen­dous hike in prices. “For venues, peo­ple are pay­ing Rs 1-2 lakh more than the usual price just be­cause of the high de­mand,” he says.

Novem­ber 27 will break pre­vi­ous records. The last big day was in Mum­bai when 50,000 wed­dings took place in April 2010. An out­sider might be for­given for think­ing Novem­ber 27 is a grand fes­ti­val day.

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