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India Couple Uses Bamboo Sticks To Exchange Garlands To Maintain Physical Distancing

Many netizens did not react well to the viral video following the rising number of COVID-19 cases and deaths in India.

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A couple in Bihar, India went viral on social media because of a video showing them using bamboo sticks to exchange garlands while getting married

The bride and groom can be seen wearing masks and exchanging garlands using bamboo sticks in a video shared on Twitter on 2 May.

The 19-second long video shows the newlyweds maintaining a distance of 1m throughout the ceremony of exchanging garlands.

The post has been viewed over 11,000 times and liked around 1,000 times, reported Malay Mail.

The video was shared on Twitter by the additional transport minister of Chhattisgarh, Dipanshu Kabra.

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The wedding ceremony took place in Bengusarai, Bihar on 30 April with less than 50 guests in attendance

The bride and groom, Jyoti Kumari and Kirtesh Kumar have become the talk of the town, with people complimenting them for creating awareness regarding physical distancing.

It was reported that the ceremony was able to complete Indian traditional wedding rituals in accordance with official COVID-19 guidelines.

The usually big weddings held in India have been toned down to smaller and more intimate ceremonies recently due to the country's drastic increase of daily new COVID-19 cases, reported India.com.

Flowers, which are usually gifted to welcome guests to wedding ceremonies, are now replaced by masks and sanitisers.

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Meanwhile, the viral video of the couple getting married without touching each other drew all types of reactions from netizens

Some thought that the ritual was hilarious.

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However, some found the ceremony procedure to be gimmicky and "foolish".

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It is reported that the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in India is more than 22.6 million and the number of recorded deaths are more than 200,000 as of today, 10 May

Here is the video of the wedding ceremony:

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