Short essay on An Indian Marriage

Short essay on An Indian Marriage for students (free to read). It is said,” Marriages are decided in heaven though arranged on earth.” Accord­ing to Indian traditions, the two should unite into one; only physically they remain two.

Last month the marriage of my elder brother was celebrated. The auspicious day had been fixed after prolonged consultations with the priest. Although, we, the young­sters, want to move with times and consider all days auspicious, yet the elders are still steeped in superstition. We have to obey them. However, in one thing my brother and I were triumphant. It was that we succeeded in convincing out elders that dowry was an evil and it should not be accepted.

In every other respect, the marriage was celebrated according to tradition. All our relatives and friends were invited to accompany the marriage procession. It was a cavalcade of a bus and a number of cars and hired taxies. We wanted to include only a few members in the Bart, but the bride’s parents considered it a point of prestige to have the marriage celebrated with great pomp and show.

A large team of bandsmen preceded the marriage party to the girl’s house which was tastefully decorated with flower-garlands, outings and lights. At a short distance from the girl’s house, my brother was made to sit on a mare with huge Sera hanging from his head. Hoe girl’s relatives were already there to receive us. We were given a red carpet reception. Then there was “Milne” i.e. embracing of relative counter-parts from both sides. At the “Milne” all our close relatives were given gifts and money by the girl’s parents. Then there was “Shaman” ceremony, during which we were also served cold drinks and then sweets with tea and coffee. Again, we were given gifts, packs of sweets and baskets of fruits. Our request not to be given any dowry only as dowry was accepted with a trick!

After that we were treated to sumptu­ous dinner. Then there was the main mar­riage ceremony – “the pears” – which was performed by the priest. The boy and the girl both had to take several vows. It was almost dawn when the ceremony was over and the marriage party returned with the bride and the gifts. We had our own photographers to prepare a movie of the whole marriage func­tion from beginning to end.

Thus an Indian marriage is a noisy and expensive affair.

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