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Latest items for MARR-PRACTICE-9

Sept. 4, 2018, 10:25 a.m.
Countries: Mozambique
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"Among Muslims, the bride’s family usually paid for the wedding and provided gifts" (15).
June 30, 2018, 12:24 p.m.
Countries: India
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"Marriage is a central institution in all societies. In India it often seems more important than anything else. Witness the extravagant, days-long weddings, the lavish gifts of saris and jewellery, and the columns of spouse-wanted ads in newspapers—or just watch any Bollywood romantic comedy" (Para 2).
Dec. 21, 2017, 2:28 p.m.
Countries: China

"'It costs a very huge amount of money for normal Chinese man to get married to a Chinese woman,' explained Ha Thi Van Khanh, national project coordinator for the U.N.'s anti-trafficking organization in Vietnam. Traditionally, Chinese men wishing to marry local women are expected to pay for an elaborate banquet and to have purchased a new home to live in after the wedding. 'This is why they try to import women from neighboring countries, including Vietnam'" (para 16).
Oct. 30, 2017, 6:39 p.m.
Countries: Egypt
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"[Asma] Mahmoud described the current generation as 'rebelling' against Nubian customs and traditions. She said the youth reject some such customs; for example, the exorbitant costs of marriage that include buying about 100,000 Egyptian pounds' ($11,300) worth of gold"(para 6)
Oct. 26, 2017, 9:30 p.m.
Countries: Pakistan
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"It must have been strange for the 18-year-old Pakistani woman. Her mother, Perveen Bibi, had never approved of her relationship with Hassan Khan, a classmate. Nor had other members of the family, who had rejected multiple marriage proposals from her husband before the couple eloped.But now, all was forgiven, her mother told her. Come home to celebrate so you’re not branded as an eloper"(para 2-3)
Sept. 14, 2017, 12:28 p.m.
Countries: Israel
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"There are no civil marriages, meaning that couples must marry or divorce according to religious law — or travel abroad for a civil ceremony"(para 9)
Aug. 8, 2017, 3:35 p.m.
Countries: Algeria
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"An Algerian woman prepares bridal clothes and belongings ahead of a group wedding ceremony, organised by a charity for economically disadvantaged people and orphans, in the Sahara desert village of In-Salah, south Algeria.Gathered in a tent in the Algerian desert, 30 young women are preparing for a big day many thought they could never afford — a wedding"(para 1)."'For us, tradition is paramount, a woman is not properly married if she doesn’t follow our traditions,' says Hadja Hnizga, a volunteer helping to prepare the ceremonies.The 30 couples, all from poor families, are taking part in a mass wedding organised by charitable association 'SOS 3e-age El-Ihsane'. Without the group’s help, few...more
March 10, 2017, 12:59 p.m.
Countries: Russia
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"And as Chechen weddings are traditionally paid for by the groom and attended by his family members only, once ready the bride must wait to be collected" (para 6).
Aug. 24, 2016, 9:08 p.m.
Countries: Egypt
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"However, according to activists and human rights groups, the bill stipulates that foreign men would have to pay about USD 7,000 in investment certificates at the National Bank of Egypt if they wished to marry women 25 or more years younger than them" (para 4). This relates only to men marrying foreign brides (ORR-CODER COMMENT)
Feb. 26, 2016, 12:46 a.m.
Countries: Pakistan
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"On behalf of Fight Against Dowry Advocacy Network (FADAN), I dare to ask the Government of Pakistan, all legislators, powerful donor groups interested in the development of a liberal society, and elite feminists, activists, and advocates of human rights, and child, youth, and women’s rights that for how long:..Will dowry demands and lavish weddings be endorsed in the name of culture and custom and not considered cognizable crimes?"(para 6, 10)"Those who are against the idea and those who are sceptics come up with the argument that this kind of legislation would remain ineffective in a country like Pakistan. While a law never guarantees eradication of an evil, it always acts...more
Jan. 19, 2016, 10:04 p.m.
Countries: Qatar

"Reports in Qatari media this year sounded the alarm about the status of single women in the country, saying that around 24 per cent of Qatari women were single. The reports said that more local men, unable to meet the rising expenses of marriage, opted to take Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) or Arab or Asian wives. Attempts mainly by religious groups to bring exorbitant dowries demanded by the bride’s family and a major cause of high wedding costs to more sensible standards have failed to win over a largely status-conscious society" (10-12)
Jan. 19, 2016, 10:03 p.m.
Countries: Armenia

"The Armenians usually tend to arrange luxurious weddings and invite many people including family, relatives, friends, colleagues, neighbors, etc. And this is not because the Armenians like to demonstrate how magnificent or exuberant their wedding receptions are. In fact, for the most part the Armenians have strong family values and big families. Sometimes, the families are so big, and relatives and friends are so many, that an average Armenian wedding can take up most of the family’s savings" (1). "According to an old Armenian tradition the family of the groom has to pay for the wedding, while the family of the bride covers the engagement costs. Besides the mentioned expenditures,...more
Jan. 19, 2016, 9:57 p.m.
Countries: Japan
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"With each [wedding] invitation, then, is the obligatory attendance fee (oiwai) that guests are expected to pay for attending the wedding party. The amount is dictated by how close the family member is to the couple, as well as how high the guest’s social position is. Wedding receptions in Tokyo, of course, generally command a much higher fee. Also, if the status of the family who is hosting the reception is fairly high, the reception can then become an opportunity for the guests to network between meal courses and speeches, making it an opportune time to make business contacts. So, in Tokyo, the fee can be anywhere from $500 to...more
Jan. 13, 2016, 10:57 p.m.
Countries: Afghanistan
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"Furthermore without income, men are also unable to host an extravagant wedding ceremony, which is customary in Afghan culture (Gaan, 2015). It is not uncommon for a wedding ceremony to have 500-700 guests. The guests include extended family, friends, neighbors, and all co-workers. There are increasing instances of toi paal, which are individuals who crash weddings uninvited in order to partake in the free catering. It is not easy for the bride or groom to tell if someone is at their wedding uninvited as it is not uncommon for many of the invited guests to be unknown to them. Young couples who already feel the pressure of the poor economy...more