The future bride and groom weren’t physically present for the ceremony but one Gujarati family went ahead with the roka ceremony using video calling, and a clip of the ceremony is going viral. A roka ceremony is performed to get the consent of the man and woman to the wedding.
The video doing the rounds on social media and instant messaging apps shows a Gujarati family conducting the ceremony with two mobile phones kept on ceremonial wooden stools. Other ceremony-related items and gifts like jewellery are also visible.
One mobile phone has a ceremonial teeka applied on the screen while the one through which the future bride called in was covered with a traditional dupatta. The priest and family members are seen gathering near the stools to bless the couple, while others take photos and videos of the ceremony.
Watch the video:
As the clip went viral, netizens were in splits. Here are some reactions to the viral video
Yaha muhrat nahi strong internet connection dekhte honge.
— Vivek Choudhary (@ivivekch) February 13, 2020
Next level is marriage. Virtual Marriages are in que !😊😊😊😊
— Naveen_Journalist (@NaveenJournali1) February 13, 2020
Welcome to digital India.
The odhni on the phone 🤣🤣😆😆😝😝 https://t.co/ZaFQsoM0up
— Ayesha Minhaz (@ayesha_minhaz) February 13, 2020
Modern problem! Modern solution😂 https://t.co/zNV4TDLPXk
— Manjunath Gaddi (@mr_june4) February 12, 2020
Mera desh badal raha hai! :’) https://t.co/hXxQAsBXWQ
— That Goan Guy (@schmmuck) February 12, 2020
Jab miya-biwi 4G toh kya karega Panditji. https://t.co/OimJM1k8zS
— Navratna Wayne (@psubatman) February 12, 2020
Ye koi majaak chal rha hai…
Ooooo bhaiiii.. pic.twitter.com/fmDvgVoJ2f
— JD 🙅🏻♂️ (@Jai_deep1) February 11, 2020
— Ajayan Venugopalan (@ajayanvenu) February 12, 2020
Others tagged actor Ranvir Shorey as the video reminded them about his latest web series Metro Park. The series is a comedy centred around a Gujarati family that has been living in the US for 25 years and is trying their best to teach their children Indian culture and values. Shorey also retweeted the video.