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70 couples in knotty affair

Marriages are made in heaven? Tch, tch. For Ranchi, they are made on Valentine’s Day.

More than 70 couples tied the knot on Thursday, keeping city hotels and wedding halls across the capital booked and busy. From Firayalal Banquet, Niranjan Banquet and Milan Palace to Agrasen Bhavan, Marwari Bhavan, Ratan Lal Jain Smriti Bhavan and Digambar Jain Bhavan, there was love in the air and frenetic activity everywhere.

“Our hall was booked at least a month ago by a group that specifically wanted the function to happen today. The day is both auspicious as well as is celebrated as the day of love worldwide. Hence, so many weddings,” said an official at Firayalal Banquet.

The marriage season here began from February 1 and will go on till February 25. Then, there will be a gap till April 20. So, what better day for a union than Valentine’s Day, feels GenX.

“My son and daughter-in-law wanted to make their wedding more memorable by holding the function on this day. We had no objection because today is an auspicious day too,” said Shankar Sahu, the father of a central government employee. The family wedding was held at Milan Palace near Sujata Chowk on Thursday evening.

Rough statistics indicate that on a normal lagan day, the city witnesses about a dozen marriages. Valentine’s Day took the cake with almost six times the number. While wedding halls did brisk business, sales surged at florist shops too.

“Since morning, I have sold bouquets to at least 400 people — all wedding guests. On a normal day, the footfall is less than half,” said Manoj Malakar, a flower shop owner on Main Road.

Wedding bands too had a busy day, with offers aplenty. Several claimed to have split members to attend to more than two weddings. “It is a special occasion and we were on our toes. We performed in small groups to cover three marriages today,” said Master Shalil, the group leader of Jabbar Band.

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