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86 couples tie the knot in mass marriage ceremony in southern India

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Updated: 03:41 GMT, Mar 28, 2018 | Published: 03:34 GMT, Mar 27, 2018 |
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The government of India’s southern Tamil Nadu state organized a mass marriage ceremony for 86 underprivileged couples in Coimbatore city on Monday (March 26).

The ceremony was attended by state chief, E Palanisamy and deputy chief O Panneerselvam, on the occasion of 70th birth anniversary of late chief of state J Jayalalitha.

The grand occasion saw the presence of decorated elephants at the entrance to welcome the guests. Local performers entertained the guests with drums and cymbal performances at the ceremony. The state government also gifted basic items like cupboards, utensils, bed, mattress, and table to the newly-weds to mark the beginning of a new life.

Conventionally in India, the family of a bride is expected to bear the expenses of the wedding and also give ‘dowry’, deemed as gifts to the bride which could be in cash or kind, to the bridegroom. Mass weddings are increasingly becoming popular, especially among the economically backward sections of the Indian society, as they reduce the financial burden on the families of brides.

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