A widow’s presence at a wedding is considered a taboo at many places in India. It is believed that they bring bad luck, and are no invited to festivals and other celebrations.
But when a businessman in Gujarat was organising his son’s wedding, he decided to crush this superstitious belief and invited about 18,000 widows to bless the bride and groom.
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Jitendra Patel, a resident of Mehsana, invited the widows from five districts of Gujarat, including Banaskantha, Mehsana, Sabarkantha, Patan and Aravalli.
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“It was my heartfelt desire that the couple should be blessed by widows, who are mostly neglected by the society. Their presence is considered a bad omen at auspicious functions but I wanted to prove that all these beliefs are nothing but superstitions,” Jitendra Patel told The Times of India.
To make them feel even more special, every widow was presented with a blanket and a sapling. They promised to nurture the plants back home. Additionally, 500 widows coming from financially weaker backgrounds were presented with a milking cow each, to help them earn a living.
55-year-old Hansa Thakore told TOI that she has never expected such honour and so much importance after she became a widow.