Mass Wedding Couples from poor families get married at lavish ceremony in India

Twelve couples from poor families gathered together to tie the knot in a joint ceremony organised by social groups to help those who are unable to afford the traditionally lavish marriage events.

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A mass wedding ceremony was held yesterday, February 20, 2015, for couples from improvished families at a local temple in New Delhi, India.

Twelve couples from poor families gathered together to tie the knot in a joint ceremony organised by social groups to help those who are unable to afford the traditionally lavish marriage events.

If undertaken on their own, such an event could set each family back hundreds of thousands of Indian rupees.

Group weddings are not uncommon in that region, and it is a sensible economic decision in many cases to dramatically reduce the cost for the venue, decorations and officiants.

Even the celebrations afterwards are a collective affair.

Three years ago India had a collective wedding ceremony involving 3,600 couples - many the children of poor farmers - including Hindus, Christians, Buddhists, Muslims and Adivasi. 

In the past aid groups in the country organised weddings for nomadic tribeswoman to prevent them from becoming prostitutes.

Officials in India are well aware of the pressure placed on poor families to put on garish ceremonies and meet spiralling dowry demands.

Even taxi drivers, who earn a relatively meagre salary, can spend as much as £10,000 on their family wedding.

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