What does a wedding night look like? Exchanging of garlands between groom and bride and to sit beside each other to pose with family members from both sides. According to traditions, in a Hindu wedding ceremony, both of them exchange vows and take seven rounds of the sacred fire. And according to Muslims tradition, it is more of a formal proposal from the groom which the bride has to accept by repeating “Qubool hai” three times over. There is always a lot of controversies around Hindu-Muslim weddings, whether it is internal, by family members, or external. But, this Hindu Muslim couple based in Dubai had a totally different idea of wedding, you can’t even imagine.
A Muslim boy Junaid Shaikh and a Hindu girl Garima Joshi studied together in Symbiosis, Pune. Fate bought them together again through a chance meeting in Dubai. Well, cupid struck and the two fell in love. However, convincing their families for marriage was a hard nut to crack because of their religious backgrounds. So, when they finally said yes, the couple decided to have a hatke wedding night.
Junaid Shaikh said, “We’re not doing a nikah, we’re not doing pheras,”. “We are just having a celebration. It’s a celebration of two cultures and two families.”
Shattering all stereotypes, they skipped the nikah and pheras and danced the night away instead!
Junaid Shaikh, who Muslim, and Garima Joshi, who is Hindu, thought their relationship came with a full stop because of their different religious backgrounds. So when their families approved after the two had been dating for a long time, as Junaid says, it was the best day of his life.
As they danced the night away, Shutterdown Photography decided to document their journey in a beautiful video that has since gone viral. Watch it!!! You won’t stop smiling. With over 37,000 views since it was posted on April 17, Junaid and Garima’s wedding video has certainly been a hit among viewers.
“Awwww…This Hindu Muslim Couple Wedding video can only bring a smile and tears of joy,” says one commenter on Facebook.
Its so unfortunate that even today Hindu-Muslim marriage is considered a Taboo in our country. We met Garima & Junaid last year and after meeting them we were so convinced that love is way beyond culture and religion. But what really made us fall even more for them was the fact they are NEITHER having PHERAS or NIKAH. In Junaid's words – "We are just having a celebration, a celebration of 2 cultures and 2 families spending the rest of their lives together :)" #shaikhitwithjosh
Posted by Shutterdown – Lakshya Chawla on Monday, April 17, 2017
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