Newly wed receive bouquet of onions as wedding gift after onion prices skyrocket

A newly wedded couple in India were gifted three kilograms of onions by their friends, after prices peaked recently to about US$ 1.7/kg.

Sheeba Suvitha, who hails from Tamil Nadu’s Tiruvottiyur and is a nurse at the Ponneri Government Hospital got married to engineer Senthil Kumar at a marriage hall in Arani near Ponneri.

Sheeba’s friends from Government RSRM Hospital in Royapuram, where she worked earlier were the ones to give the couple the unique wedding gift.

“My friends from RSRM hospital – Hemalatha, Bharathi, Atulya and Ezhilarasi, Mohana and Raji from Ponneri Government Hospital also gave me a gift. It was packed like a bouquet and had a bow on top. Initially I thought it had flowers but I was shocked to find onions,” Sheeba was quoted as saying. Her husband was equally amused at the gift, she added.

The couple said since they were supposed to greet guests at the stage, they couldn’t react immediately, but afterwards they laughed a great deal about it.

J Hemalatha, who is a counsellor in Government RSRM Hospital and was one of the friends who gave them the unique gift told the news outlet that after the wedding a day earlier, they were discussing what to give the couple and they ended up zeroing in on the vegetable as gift. They packed it well and gifted it to them shaped as a bouquet.

The families said it was a very useful gift considering the current price of onions.