Dia Mirza Pens Down Heartfelt Note For The Female Priest Who Performed Her Wedding Rituals; Actress Also Said No To Kanyadaan and Bidaai

Bollywood actress Dia Mirza got hitched to her beau Vaibhav Rekhi on February 15, 2021. Their wedding ceremony was a private affair with only a few close friends and family members marking their presence on a joyous day. The pictures from her fairytale-like wedding are going viral on social media and the netizens are smashing the like button and sending good wishes to the newlyweds.

Taking to her social media handle, Dia Mirza shared some unseen moments from her wedding ceremony. In the picture, the actress is looking like a princess in her red zari saree and gajra, while her groom looked dapper in his white traditional outfit. Indeed, their pairing seems like a match made in heaven.

However, the thing which caught everyone’s attention is the priest who performed Dia and Vaibhav’s wedding rituals. The actress chose to have a female priest instead of a male priest to conduct all her wedding rituals. The highlight of the couple’s big day was the female priest named Sheela Atta.

Dia Mirza has now shared a heartfelt note for the female priest and also about breaking the tradition for her wedding. Furthermore, the RHTDM actress revealed that it was a completely sustainable ceremony without any plastics or any waste.

The note alongside the adorable picture reads, “The garden where I have spent every morning for the past 19 years was an absolutely magical setting and the most intimate and perfect space for our simple and soulful ceremony.”

“We are so proud to have been able to organise a completely sustainable ceremony without plastics or any waste. The materials used for the minimal decor we went for were completely biodegradable and natural. The highest point for us was the Vedic ceremony conducted by a woman priest”, the reads further.

The actress also mentioned that she had never seen a woman performing a wedding ceremony until she attended her childhood friend’s wedding a few years ago. In fact, it was that childhood friend’s gift to Vaibhav and Dia to bring Sheela Atta who is her aunt and also a priestess.

In the note, Dia praised her childhood friends as she painstakingly went through several hours of training to imbibe the essence of the scriptures in order to assist Sheeta Atta and translate the shlokas.

The 39-year-old also hopes that many couples make such a choice on their wedding day. Apart from this, Dia Mirza also mentioned that she did not have kanyadaan or bidaai ceremony.

She concluded the note by writing, “It is time for women to own their own agency, their divinity, their power and to redefine what is old and birth what is new. As Charles Bukowski said, "there is no lie in their fire." So what can be more uplifting and empowering than to see the sacred fire within a woman's heart and soul taking centre stage at a wedding.. I am still overwhelmed by the magic of this one moment. Also, we said NO to ‘Kanyadaan’ and ‘Bidaai’ change begins with choice doesn’t it."

Here's wishing Dia Mirza and Vaibhav Rekhi and happy married life and also congratulations for breaking the stereotypes.

by siddhi ajgoankar | Fri, Feb 19 - 10:26 AM

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