Kurram district sees dozens of couples marry in mass wedding
KURRAM: Kurram district in Kohat Division of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa on Tuesday saw dozens of couples marrying in a mass wedding held at Parachinar Eid gah – an outdoor compound.
Among the guests were tribal chiefs and local figures from across the district who attended the event, as well as the commander of the 73rd Pakistan Army Brigade, many officers of the forces, families and relatives of the newlyweds. , and others from civil society.
âWe are very happy to be married,â said one groom. “We had been engaged for several years but were unable to organize a wedding due to poverty.”
According to one of the attendees, some of the total 50 newlyweds had been waiting for almost 10 years to get married after their engagement.
âThey couldn’t have a real weddingâ because of the rising costs, said a guest at the wedding.
Tribal leaders stressed that even securing two full meals a day was a challenge amid uncapped inflation that was hurting wage earners and middle-income families across Pakistan.
âIn this age of soaring prices, organizing mass weddings is a laudable endeavor,â they said.
Organizers noted that clothes, cooking utensils and rugs, among other necessary household items, have been given to the newlywed couples.
“If they decide to go and create their own house, they will not have to buy anything in the bazaars themselves, but they will have a well-appointed house for themselves,” organizers said.
To date, some 5,000 couples have married in such mass marriages, they said.
Local leaders insist that mass marriages must now continue, bearing in mind the importance of marriages and the underdevelopment of their regions.