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Literature Review - How exactly do couples that have arranged marriages get to meet each other and get married? Do arranged marriages work out better than love marriages?

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Arranged Marriages, Matchmakers, and Personal Ads Sirisha Jala PSY 325: Statistics for the Behavioral & Social Sciences Donna Wall March 28th 2011 Arranged Marriages, Matchmakers, and Personal Ads Introduction The chosen issue is arranged marriages, matchmakers, and personal ads. It was selected due to personal reasons of being an Indian female of marriageable age and soon to be, one of subjects written about in these studies of arranged marriages. The perspective of this approach is that arranged marriages last longer and arranged marriages are the typical Indian family affair, love marriages can last for a long time but people fall out of love and get divorced, arranged marriages have changed to adapt to the 21st Century of Internet, and nowadays, in arranged marriages the children choose whom they marry but the parents have to meet the choice. The scope of this paper attempts to understand why arranged marriages have been more stable in India and other Asian countries than love marriages in the Western world, together with the advantages and disadvantages of this approach to marriage. Statement of the Problem How exactly do couples that have arranged marriages get to meet each other and get married? Do arranged marriages work out better than love marriages? Many people think that arranged marriages actually do work out better than love marriages do. Many people have love marriages, but the practice of arranged marriages, which has survived for many centuries, is still being practiced by many Asian cultures. Arranged marriages have not only been around for ages, but they have also adapted to the different eras. Arranged marriages are still popular because many children still think that their parents know them best. Indian marriages are unique, beautiful, cheerful and colorful. What are the traditions of Indian marriages? What does the Indian Wedding ceremony consist of? Are Indian marriages made in heaven? There have been many misconceptions about arranged marriages that should change. ...read more.

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Hindu Pre-Wedding Traditions include the Nishitaartham (Engagement Ceremony): The Ceremony when the couple celebrates their engagement. The priest sets the wedding day after the engagement rituals are finished. The father of the bride and the father of the groom both make a pledge to make a proposal between their two families. Snathakam (Thread Ceremony): Performed at the groom's house before the muhurtam. It is a sort of thread ceremony that involves making the groom wear a silver thread on his body. Muhurtam (Determining the auspicious part of the day for the marriage): The period that is considered auspicious starts from 7:00 p.m. and goes on until the next day until about 11 a.m. Pellikoothuru (Bride making Ceremony): This ceremony involves anointing the bride and groom with oil and turmeric before bath. Following the bath, the couple dons new clothes. The bride-to-be wears flowers in her hair. She also adorns her forehead with a bindi or vermilion dot and wears bangles on her wrists. Sangeet or Garba (Music Night or Dance Night): Brides and grooms can either have individual sangeets or have a large one together. Music and food are central to this party, as family and friends dance and eat late into the night. Dancing is the highlight of the Garba. Each side of the family also gets a chance to meet, greet, and have some fun before the wedding begins. Nav Graha Puja (Nine Planet Puja): Celebrates the Gods associated with the nine planets and asks them to bless the couple and their families. Sagri: The female relatives of the groom visit the bride, bringing flowers and jewelry. These items are gifted to the bride as a sign of affection and acceptance. Mehendi (Henna Ceremony): The traditional art of adorning the hands and feet with a paste made from the finely ground leaves of the Henna plant. The term refers to the material, the design, and the ceremony. ...read more.

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time but people fall out of love and get divorced, arranged marriages have changed to adapt to the 21st Century of Internet, and nowadays, in arranged marriages the children choose whom they marry but the parents have to meet the choice. The scope of this paper attempted to understand why arranged marriages have been more stable in India and other Asian countries than love marriages in the Western world, together with the advantages and disadvantages of this approach to marriage. Yes, arranged marriages do last longer and rarely end up in divorce unlike most love marriages. There are various ways that the couples in arranged marriages meet each other. Arranged marriages have been around for many centuries probably even as long as the institution of marriage itself has been around. Arranged marriages were probably a violation of human rights in the olden times because the parents did not really let their children choose their mates. No, arranged marriages are not anachronisms because the young adult has a choice of who to marry, and this takes place in a specific religious group or culture. No, arranged marriages are not a violation of women's rights nowadays because certain religions and cultures believe that arranged marriages are the best method of making sure that young women marry the right person that God made for them. Arranged marriages last longer and arranged marriages are the typical Indian family affair, love marriages can last for a long time but people fall out of love and get divorced, arranged marriages have also changed to adapt to the 21st Century of Internet, nowadays the children choose whom they marry but the parents have to meet the choice, and Indian marriages are viewed as marriages between two families, not two individuals. Arranged marriages are hard because sometimes it takes a very long time to find the choices of mates for the young man or woman. Nevertheless, Indian weddings are fun to watch no matter if they are arranged marriages or love marriages. ...read more.

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