Dia Mirza tied the knot with Mumbai-based businessman, Vaibhav Rekhi, in an intimate ceremony on February 15. Through an Instagram post, the actor revealed that the ceremony was completely sustainable without plastics or waste. The materials used for decoration were biodegradable and natural. The couple also did away with rituals of kanyadaan and vidaai.
Photo credit: Instagram/Dia Mirza
However, for Mirza, the highest point of the Vedic ceremony was that it was conducted by a woman priest. She wrote in a heartfelt Instagram post, “I had never seen a woman performing a wedding ceremony until I attended my childhood friend Ananya’s wedding a few years ago. Ananya’s wedding gift to Vaibhav and me was to bring Sheela Atta who is her aunt and also a priestess, to perform the ceremony for us…it was such a privilege and a joy to be married this way! We do hope with all our heart that many more couples make this choice. For it is a woman's soul that contains love, wonder, benediction, magical energy, tenderness and deep empathy for all that lives. 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.”
The actor gave her a shout out on Twitter too and wrote, “Thank you, Sheela Atta, for conducting our wedding ceremony. So proud that together we can rise up. #GenerationEquality.” Netizens cheered Mirza on for this thoughtful step.