KAUAI, HAWAII, July 20, 2021 (Hinduism Today by Shaina Grover, 16, California): Hundreds of guests, enough food to last a lifetime, countless celebrations and traditions to follow, elaborate decorations and who knows how many flowers. These are probably just a few of the things that pop into your head when you encounter the words “Indian wedding.” You probably don’t imagine a giant TV with people’s faces on it via zoom.com. But unusual circumstances call for unusual responses.

In America, it is popular to host a Hindu wedding at a grand hall rented out for the weekend. It’s probably not held inside your house. During the Covid-19 pandemic, my Uncle Lokesh got married. Where? In my backyard. You might think it was a small simple wedding, but that’s where you’d be wrong. My mom, dad, grandparents, aunt-to-be, uncle, sister and I were able to keep the grand feeling of a Hindu wedding with 200 guests, albeit mostly remote, while still taking the necessary safety precautions and inviting no additional in-person guests (except for the priest) for the three-day affair.

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