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Arranged Marriage

Arranged Marriage Is Organized By Family Members Or Relatives


Arranged marriage traditionally is a marriage that is arranged or established without any lengthy liaison between the two people involved. It is primarily decided by the parents or the two families who comes together to form the holy alliance. The two people don’t get to meet each other in person. They don’t even get the opportunity to meet more than once or twice and that too in the presence of their families. In some cases, they don’t even meet at all. Everything is decided by their families with little or no say of the two people involved. All customs and rituals are followed as per the scriptures.

Arranged marriage used to be the way to get married until the 20th century after which it has been depleting ever since. It is still very common in Asian countries. It is extremely prevalent in South Asian countries such as India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, and Bangladesh. It is in fact the only way to get married in the middle east. There is almost no existence in the western countries of the Americas and Europe. Though it still exists in the high society, in the aristocratic and royal families. People who have migrated from the east to the west are quickly changing their preferences in order to get more westernized. As a matter of fact, many people migrate from small towns to big cities just so that they can get out from the bondage of having no say in whom they marry and spend the rest of their lives.

In an arranged marriage, everything is decided by the parents or the two families. The elders think that their children are immature and are not capable of taking such an important decision of their lives. The family thinks and are even fully convinced that they know what is good for their children. They even think that they have full rights to make every big decision. They think they are more experienced with life and are thereby in a better position to decide who would be a good soul mate for their children.

In an arranged marriage, there is very little input from the soon to be couples. That said, the two people involved have the right to refuse the marriage proposal and the family usually agrees to their wishes and look for another prospect. Else, it would be termed as a forced marriage. So it may not be a forced marriage, but there is usually considerable pressure from both sides to give their willful consent.

In an arranged marriage, the main driving force is the reputation and the social status of the two families involved. These marriages take place within the tight-knit community. Both families must belong to the same caste and religion or else it would be called inter-caste, which is usually forbidden. They must also share the same values and cultures. Matching of horoscopes also takes precedence. Even physical appearance is considered more important than other personality traits or compatibility.

In an arranged marriage, the main idea is that two people belonging to the same type of culture and upbringing are more suited for each other. So far this phenomenon has worked for most part and has been quite successful. But there is an overall shift where there is more involvement of the two young people involved. This shift is only going to keep increasing until the point where there is full consent of both parties involved to tie a knot into a holy matrimony.
Date Posted/Updated On: 12/07/2016
Author: ispace1


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