Marriage is a very important part of one’s life. It is more so in India as, here, we believe that “Marriages are made in heaven” and that it is a life time relationship. So it is very important to get a right partner. For this we believe in arranged marriages in which selection of a spouse is done not by individuals alone but by the elders in the family and some important relatives and friends. This concept originates from the fact that all the well wishers of the person to be married can take a better decision about the future of that person than he or she alone can take. Further, we always try to keep up this relationship through some sacrifices, adjustments, understanding and respecting each other’s interest.
In India even today people prefer arranged marriages. That means, we consider that marriage is not only a relationship between two people. It is a union of two families. So, people are very particular about the family background. These arranged marriages are based on caste. People would prefer a girl or a boy from the same caste. We do have strong reasons for that.
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The concept of caste is based on the profession one practices. For example, a girl from a carpenter’s family marries a tailor then all her knowledge of carpentry and her experience in the upkeep of wood and its products will be wasted. So, for economic reasons, people preferred to marry in the same caste. When a family looks for a girl or boy they take good care to see the family background, financial status etc., so that the girl or boy would not feel it hard to adapt to each other and to get adjusted with the family.
Now a days the situation is totally different. As we do not practice our ancient professions marriage within the caste lost its meaning. The inter caste marriages can happen without any loss to anybody. Still people follow the same tradition.
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