In an unusual “Band, Baaja, Baaraat,” a groom and other marriage procession participants voluntarily donated blood in a specially organized camp in Dehradun on Saturday. The marriage party was to head for Purkazi in Muzaffarnagar (Uttar Pradesh) on Saturday morning. Before all the religious rituals, the relatives, friends, guests and the bridegroom donated blood to the surprise of many.

A total of 153 unit of blood was collected from the camp hosted at a private school at Chanderbani in Dehradun. Bridegroom Sumit Kumar said, “I wanted to spread a good message and motivate people not to waste too much money on marriage functions and do something useful for the society. I also wanted to spread awareness about blood donation. The blood collected through the camp will be used for the needy people.”

The Dehradun based Mahant Indresh Hospital, a 1,000 bedded multi speciality and super speciality hospital, conducted the blood donation camp. Among those to voluntary donate blood included the groom Sumit Kumar, his father Brijpal Prajapati, mother Rekha Devi, brother Ankit Kumar and other guests. Over 150 people voluntarily participated in the blood donation camp from 8 am to 12 noon to make this marriage function special. Sumit, 23, is involved in social work and regularly participates in blood donation camps.

In modern times, when the practice and temptation to make any marriage function big is a common practice, Sumit decided to opt for the unusual marriage ceremony with a message for the society.