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Marriage Rituals

Though the principal intent of Marriage is the same, irrespective of religion, society and region, Marriage Rituals followed by people residing in different parts of the world, are different. Rituals of Marriage vary according to religions and the customs they follow. However the basis of the relationship that results out of Marriage is same everywhere, raising a family and commitment towards the spouse. The roles of the husband and the wife is almost similar everywhere. Marriage or wedding is a very unique occasion which reflects the beginning of a new relationship, a family and a new life shared with one another.

If individuals can fulfill their roles of husband and wife, only then they can ensure the continuity of a particular culture or community. Marriage is considered to be the fundamental structure of society. It is not only about two individuals, but of two families too. Their roles are equally important and significant.

Marriage signifies future parenting and adulthood, and is thus, the fundamental structure of all societies. However different may be the Marriage Rituals, the end is the same in all religions and societies. It signifies a sort of transition for both the groom and bride into a new atmosphere and a new found identity. Globalization and westernization had a great effect in molding many Marriage Rituals of the eastern countries. Legal sanction to marriage is extremely important in most of the societies, nowadays. The influence of technology is also playing a huge role in redefining Marriage Rituals around the world. Despite all this, traditional customs and rituals are still prevalent in many societies and religions. They still form the integral section of many marriages. Marriage is not only about shopping, feasting and music, it is also about showcasing the culture and tradition of one's own existence, to the world. There are some Marriage Rituals that have lost their meaning, but people still follow them and pay respect to these Marriage Rituals. It is a question of honor and reverence. Many feel that it might not auger well for the newly married couple, if some Marriage Rituals are not followed. No one wants to involve in such a risk. It is not a question of being superstitious as many who are not superstitious confirm to these rituals and customs.

The attire is an extremely important factor in a wedding, whether it is a western wedding or a eastern wedding. Attire of the bride and the groom strictly follow Marriage Rituals. On the occasion of marriage, Christian brides wear white gowns and grooms wear suits, known as tuxedos. Hindu brides usually wear sarees or lehengas and grooms wear sherwanis or kurtas. Some communities have very simple rituals, whereas some communities have very intricate and complex Marriage Rituals. But however different they might be, elegance and purity is not compromised with. Each culture has its own way of celebrating and performing an occasion of Marriage, and thus is unique in its own way. The essence of Marriage around the world is essentially the same.