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Features of Pakistani Wedding

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9. FEATURES OF A PAKISTANI WEEDING

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(i) Marriage in Pakistan is a legal union between a man and a woman.
(ii) An engagement is a formal ceremony held before the marriage.
(iii) Mehndi, the Henna ceremony, or the Rasm-e-henna ceremony, typically takes place one or two days prior to the main wedding day.
(iv) Baraat is the procession of the family, relatives, and friends of the groom and they accompany the groom to the bride’s home or marriage hall for the official wedding ceremony.
(v) Walima is the final day of the wedding. This is traditionally organised by the groom and his family.

ESSAY
Marriage in Pakistan is a legal union between a man and a woman. Culturally, it is not only a link between the husband and wife, but also an alliance between their respective families. Because about 97% of Pakistan's population is Muslim, the Islamic law is usually observed. Arranged marriages have been an integral part of Pakistani society for years and are still prevalent. Marriages are often arranged within the family or within the same community or ethnicity. The wedding customs and celebrations differ significantly depending on the geographical location as well as the families involved. However, a typical Pakistani wedding has at least three main customs involving the Henna ceremony (Rasm-e-Henna), the vows or the Nikah, which is a part of the actual wedding or Shaadi ceremony, and a subsequent Walima offered by the groom's family.
A proposal party goes to the bride's house, where the groom's parents and family elders formally ask the bride's parents for her hand in marriage. When the wedding proposal is accepted, a day is usually fixed for the engagement ceremony. Engagement is usually a small ceremony that takes place in the presence of a few close members of would-be bride's and groom’s families. Rings and other items of jewellery among affluent families are exchanged between the would-be bride and groom. Traditionally, the bride and the groom were...

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