Sunday Tribune

Camel tradition revived in Rajasthan’s weddings


THE trend of people using camels for baraat (groom’s wedding procession) is back in Rajasthan in the wake of the Covid restrictio­ns on bus travel and marriage ceremonies in the state.

As per the latest guidelines, buses can run with only a 50% occupancy while the number of attendees at wedding parties cannot go beyond 31 under any circumstan­ces. Also, maintainin­g social distancing is a must in such occasions.

Hence, many families in the desert state are taking their cue from the age-old tradition of taking a baraat procession on camels to transport the groom and guests to the bride’s place.

“Yes, it can be called a revival of the age-old tradition,” said Anand Singh, the relative of a groom who last week went with a wedding party on camels from Bandeva village in Pokhran to Kusumbla village in Barmer, covering 7km.

“It took around one hour for the guests to reach the bride’s place, but those 60 minutes were quite enchanting as we were right under the open sky with an expanse of sand spread all around us,” he said.

In total, there were 31 baraatis who rode on 15 camels, following all the Covid protocols.

While social distancing was followed, the guests revisited the era of the 1970s and enjoyed every moment of the outing, Singh said.

The camels were decorated with nose pins, ghungroos and mirror-fitted cloths, said Singh.

The journey has also sent out a positive message and now more people are expected to use camels to ferry baraatis to the bride’s place.

The number of camels in Rajasthan is dwindling.

Hanwant Singh Rathore, director of the Lokhit Pashu Palak Sansthan, said: “The youth are disinteres­ted in caring for these animals as they see no profit in it. Secondly, newer modes of transport such as cars, jeeps, etc, have replaced camels as the preferred mode of transport.”

The new wedding trend might give a boost to the ship of the desert. |

 ?? | IANS ?? WEDDING procession­s on camels have returned to Rajasthan.
| IANS WEDDING procession­s on camels have returned to Rajasthan.

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