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Breaking the taboo: Gujarat businessman invited 18,000 widows to son’s wedding

Breaking the taboo Gujarat businessman invited 18 000 widows to son s wedding pardesi news 1459247789

Know about a big, novel and a noble initiative by a Gujarat-based businessman towards bringing about change and reform to the Indian society. Breaking the taboo, which has been prevailing, in the Indian society for centuries, he invited several thousand widows to his younger son wedding.

The widow’s presence at a wedding is generally considered a taboo at several places in India. It is believed that they fetch bad luck, and are therefore not invited to festivals and other celebrations.  But kudos to a Gujarat-based businessman from Mehsana district, Mr. Jitendra Patel, deciding to crush this superstitious belief and invited about 18,000 widows at his son’s wedding ceremony to bless the bride and groom.

 Breaking the age-old taboo, Jitubhai (as he is fondly called) invited widows from five districts in North Gujarat to bestow blessings upon his son and his bride.

Their presence is considered a bad omen at auspicious functions but I wanted to prove that all these beliefs are nothing but superstitions”, said the reformer.

To make them feel even more special, each widow was also presented with a blanket and a sapling. Moreover, he gave around 500 widows from not well-to-do families, were facilitated with a milking cow so that they could become financially self-reliant.

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