90-yr-old's message by tree marriage
The city could take a leaf out of this parting gift by a 90-year-old. She is marrying off a banyan and a peepal tree that she planted
four years ago, hoping that the union lasts happily ever after.
The unique wedlock will take place on Monday on a playground in Subhasnagar village off the Barasat-Barrackpore Road in North 24-Parganas. Every ritual of a traditional Hindu marriage from kanyadan to yajna will be followed. The bride (peepal) and the groom' (banyan) have been adopted by two local families and the processions will arrive together to the auspicious music of conchshells. Local women are sending the tatto (gifts sent from the bride and groom's families to each other) and a band party has also been hired for the evening. The two trees will be decorated with flowers and even be adorned with the traditional wedding topors.
For those who want to bless the newlyweds, the logno starts at 6 pm.
The trees, planted by Maharani Sarkar in 2005, are now over 10 feet tall. "People of her generation understand the value of trees more than us. She believes that getting the trees married will bring prosperity to the village and its people. We are more than willing to fulfil her wishes," said Subhas Das, a local, who is giving 40 kg rice for the grand feast.
Environment activists cheer Maharani Sarkar's matchmaking, saying such acts send a noble message to children and bring man and nature closer. "This strengthens the bond between humans and their natural surroundings. We have organized such weddings in the past and even performed shradh when trees get chopped off," said environment activist Subhas Datta.
"It is a unique act. It sends out an emotional appeal to save trees. At a time when greenery is being butchered every day, such a gesture will help build awareness about protecting trees," said social worker Ambarish Nag Biswas.