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By Libin ChandranPublished 2 months ago 3 min read

Marriage is a social and legal union between two individuals that establishes rights and obligations between them, as well as between them and their children, if any. The definition and nature of marriage varies between cultures and has evolved over time. In many cultures, marriage is a religious and/or spiritual ceremony that is officiated by a priest, minister, or other religious leader. In other cultures, marriage is a legal contract that can be entered into by anyone, regardless of their religious beliefs. The legal recognition of marriage gives married couples access to certain legal rights, such as inheritance and immigration rights, and often confers health care, social security, and other benefits.

In India, marriage is considered a sacred bond and an important social institution. The customs and traditions surrounding marriage vary greatly among different regions and communities within the country, but there are some common themes and practices.

In Hindu tradition, marriage is seen as a sacrament (Sanskara) and not just a contract. It is seen as a union of two souls and families, and is typically arranged by the parents of the bride and groom. The ceremony is usually conducted by a Hindu priest and includes rituals such as the exchange of vows and rings, the tying of a sacred thread, and the exchange of garlands.

In Indian culture, marriages are arranged between families and not just the two individuals getting married. It is customary for the families to meet and negotiate the details of the marriage, including the dowry and other gifts that will be given to the bride's family.

Marriages in India can be broadly classified into two categories:

Arranged marriages: where the families of the bride and groom negotiate and arrange the marriage.

Love marriages: where the couple chooses their own partner, and the families give their blessings.

Marriage in India is not only a bond between two individuals but also between two families and communities. The customs and traditions surrounding marriage are deeply rooted in culture and religion, and continue to play a significant role in Indian society today.

Marriage customs in the Indian state of Kerala are known for their unique blend of Hindu, Cristian and Muslim practices. Kerala is a state with a diverse population that includes Hindus, Muslims, and Christians, and as a result, the marriage customs in the state reflect this diversity.

In Hindu tradition, the marriage ceremony in Kerala is known as the "Saptapadi" which is conducted by a Hindu priest. The ceremony begins with the "Nischayam" (engagement) where the bride and groom exchange rings. The main ceremony is conducted in a mandapam (a ceremonial canopy) in front of fire, which is considered as a witness and a sacred element. The ceremony is conducted in the presence of the family members and friends, and it includes rituals such as the tying of a sacred thread, the exchange of garlands, and the seven vows (saptapadi) that the couple takes around the fire.

In Muslim tradition, the marriage ceremony is known as the "Nikah", which is conducted by a Muslim cleric. The ceremony includes rituals such as the reading of the Quran, the exchange of rings, and the signing of a marriage contract.

Christian marriages in Kerala are conducted by a Christian priest in a church. The ceremony includes rituals such as the exchange of rings, and the vows the couple takes in front of the altar.

Regardless of the religious background, all the marriage ceremonies in Kerala are known for their elaborate rituals, traditional customs, and colorful decorations. The traditional marriage attire in Kerala is known for its elegance, and both the bride and groom wear traditional attire during the ceremony, and traditional music and dance are an important part of the celebrations.

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