Marriage functions are becoming just a get together.Yesterday, I had to attend a marriage function of a relative. Hundreds of invitees were sitting in the hall. The hall was just a usual hall for conducting different functions. Seats were arranged in rows, hence the invitees were seated almost in all chairs. The stage was spacious enogh to conduct the wedding function. It was the marriage function of a Brahmin Community. Accordingly, there was certain poojas and homam ceremonies.The priest and the bride were chanting mantras and conducting the homams. This the marriage function went on smoothly.
At the same time almost about 90 percent of the audience were engaged in talking each other. Many were moving here and there and going on talking to friends and relatives
None of them were watching the function seriously. This is not a new experience. Almost all marriages I could attend I saw this mode of marriage function. Once the function proceeds and come to a particular stage people start moving to another hall where the lunch is arranged. There they go and rush to get a seat for lunch. After the feast people start leaving the hall.
In fact only a small group of the invitees take part in the marriage seriously. I always doubted why the people spend money to this sort of functions.