Mithila to see revival of 700-year-old way of matchmaking –

A matchmaking festival — SaurathSabha — is held here every year in the Hindu calendar months of Jyestha-Aasadh (June-end), which brings together many Brahmin families to negotiate marriages of their children.

In this unique 700-year-old festival, parents and relatives of prospective brides and grooms gather and get marriages fixed after an elaborate system of checking genealogical records by the “Panjikars” (community marriage registrars).

But, over the years, this age-old tradition has been losing its sheen in the hustle and bustle of modern life, as people have moved away to far off places, losing touch with their customs.

Now, a socio-cultural organisation, Mithilalok Foundation, has taken upon itself the task of reviving the tradition by organising a similar assembly here on June 25 with an anticipated participation of around 20,000 people from different places in the Mithila…

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