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Arranged Marriages


            Would you ever consider getting married to a person you never meet or just seen .
             once? Most probably no, but this happens to many young males and females throughout .
             India and other countries. Arranged marriages are now and have been heated debate in .
             certain cultures. Arranged marriages have many young boys and girls to destroy their .
             lives, but to others it is considered the most reliable way to find a life partner. Even .
             though today’s Western society believes in love marriages, parents in many cultures .
             disapprove of love marriages for their children. It’s very difficult to judge whether .
             arranged marriages are good or bad since they have both positive and negative effects.
             An arranged marriage is when parents, or eldest male in the family, chooses a .
             partner for a young boy or girl. In some situations an aunt, family friend or relative finds .
             a partner for the child. Arranged marriages are practiced all over the world, mainly in .
             Hindu and Sikh cultures. It does not matter how westernized India or other countries may .
             have become, arranged marriages are still practiced. Arranged marriage is basically an .
             agreement between two families rather than two young people. The first stage is the .
             search for matching horoscopes. The second stage is when the boy begins seeing the girl, .
             and visiting each others families and making decisions over the dowry. Then the families .
             fix the date for the engagement. After that, the boy and girl are allowed to go out and .
             make a connection. During the engagement, a date is fixed for the wedding. In the past, .
             an arranged marriage simply meant that the parents choose the partner. Nowadays, the .
             parents will suggest the person they feel is suitable for their son or daughter. If the child .
             approves after meeting the person and a brief interview then it’s final. In some cases, the .
             children may even tell their parents whom they have in mind. .
             Although this may come as a surprise, there are many positives regarding .


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