What Is Marriage Culture in Pakistan, Anyway?
Marriage is recognized as a sacred bond among Pakistanis.
population.76 years ago, Pakistan parted its way from the neighboring
During the time of partition, people or properties were not the
sole entities swapped. Cultural and moral values were also warily exchanged between
these two countries.
Throughout these 76 years, the culture remains the same. In
Pakistan, culture plays a bigger role in regard to marriage. The marriageculture in Pakistan is highly influenced by socially constructed harsh
Arrange marriages between the kin, although time is
evolving, but the grains remain. Arrange marriage concept stays intact. In the
past, boomers & millennials were kept in the dark about their spouses till
the day of their wedding celebrations. That has significantly changed since Gen-Z
is more socially aware and sensitive to these issues.
The celebration would last for months if a family could
afford it. There are ceremonies “Mehndi, Baraat, Walima " As time is evolving people come up with more
and more ceremonies to spend their money at. This, in fact, has nothing to do
with religion but the culture itself. A culture Pakistan shares with the rest
of its neighboring countries. Even though most of Pakistan's population is
claimed to be practicing Muslims.
What's the budget for the culture of marriage ceremonies in
Marriage is rather an expensive affair in Pakistan to
uphold. As time goes on, it becomes less economical, and it leaves working-class
men and women to have a tough time finding spouses out of their kin. Despite
the recession the country is facing, people still spend an estimated ( 5, 000, 000
Pkr rupee ) at their weddings.
Most of the sum is used to purchase dowry. Over
the decade, this practice is still in trend, but there's a different name to it
“gift culture." More elaborated weddings require another zero added to the
previously mentioned number.
Cross-cultural marriage in Pakistan / CPEC marriages
CPEC is an agreement between China and Pakistan to improve
their relationship. It was a barter trade, and China appointed its own
workforce to the project. Which led to many Chinese men and women workers
migrating to Pakistan.
The agreement also played a role in bending the marriage
culture in Pakistan. Many interracial weddings took place because of the
treaty. The feedback on this news was neutral. There are still many Pakistani
people who are strictly against cross-cultural weddings.
On a positive note,
there were people who gave light feedback. The reason is the globalization of
many cultures in Pakistan, which helps people ease into this foreign idea.
Cultural practices of child marriage in Pakistan
Pakistan is a third-world country with a decent number of
population being illiterate and uneducated. Child marriage is a feminine-biased
crime, and men are rarely victims of this ever-so-concerning topic.
Girls in Pakistan are solely raised to be married off and in
extreme cases where dowries are bundled up since their birth.
Despite the government's advances in passing a law, there's
still a rising percentage of 21% of girls married off as minors.
Lastly, over the years, the marriage culture in Pakistan has
evolved and still is but at a very slow pace. Marriage culture might be one
reason Pakistan is still behind the world's grind. People recognize the
significance of building a family but not of having a career. Not realizing
these two can certainly go hand in hand as well.
How did the culture of marriage change in Pakistan?
Thankfully, with globalization and the rise in literacy levels
among the population, the culture of marriage has changed in Pakistan. It has
evolved into a more socially acceptable culture.
What do we call a marriage in different cultures in Pakistan?
Pakistan consists of many regional cultures regardless of
marriage and has the same name. In Islam, it's called a "Nikkah ".
There's no other unique term used for referring to marriage.