Indian Marriage Rituals

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Marriage can be defined as the formal union of a man and a woman, typically recognized by law, by which they become husband and wife. Although this definition of marriage is common in many different parts of the world, the way people choose who to marry varies greatly. The selection process used to decide who to spend the rest of their life with is a daunting task and most people go about it differently. In the United States, love is what most people think of as the major factor in determining whether or not to marry. Americans have a choice when it comes to marriage today, and although their parents are usually asked permission to wed, individuals decide for themselves if they would like to spend the rest of their life with one another. In India, however, this is not usually the case. Parents in India are in control of who their children marry and their opinions are not ignored. Marriage for those living in India is everything but optional. Indians believe that marrying is the first step into adulthood, and who they marry shows signs of wealth. Families try to pair their children with someone who is able to follow in their social footsteps and help with the biological reproduction in families. Marriage is almost socially required in India and is not taken lightly. Differing from the United States, marriage in India is usually out of the control of those getting married. One of the most common practices in India involves arranged marriages. These rituals have been around since the fourth century. Most consider it a main part of Indian culture because it involves the social, geographic, and historical significance of those living India. Arranged marriages first had the purpose of maintaining upper class families. Mo... ... middle of paper ... ... a family in which they will later raise (Class Discussion, March 2014). Marriage shares a common definition throughout the world but is taken on as a very different task in various places of the world. Everyone has their own idea of an ideal marriage. Usually their views on marriage stem from the way they were socially raised. Those growing up in India see marriage as a way of survival and do not choose a spouse out of love. Being raised in industrialized countries teaches individuals to marry out of love and compatibility. Americans are usually able to choose who they want to marry, but those living in countries such as India are not given an option. Parents choose someone for their child to marry based on economic standings and social class similar to their own. Although everyone thinks of marriage differently, everyone in the world values marriage highly.
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