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MARRIAGE CEREMONIES ARE VERY DIFFERENT IN PAKISTAN THAN
IN THE UNITED STATES. THE BRIDES DO NOT WEAR A WHITE DRESS
AS WHITE IS A SAD COLOR. THE BRIDES WEAR A DRESS THAT IS
IN THE RED FAMILY, EITHER RED, MAROON, PINK OR BURGUNDY ETC.
RED IS CONSIDERED A FESTIVE COLOR AND THE BRIDE REALLY
STICKS OUT IN THE CROWD. ALSO, THE BRIDAL OUTFIT IS MADE
FOR THE BRIDE BY BOTH HER PARENTS AND THE GROOM'S PARENTS.
IT IS STRICTLY HERS, NO ONE ELSE WILL EVER WEAR IT, UNLIKE IN
THE U.S. A GIRL MAY WEAR HER MOTHER'S DRESS.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT WAS TALKING ABOUT THE DIFFERENCES BETWEEN THE UNITED
STATES AND HIS COUNTRY OF PAKISTAN.

Where learned: LAHORE ; PAKISTAN

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage
BELIEF -- Color

Date learned: 11-00-1987

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IN PAKISTAN MANY MARRIAGES ARE ARRANGED BY THE PARENTS
OF THE BRIDE AND GROOM. USUALLY THE MOTHER PICKS A BRIDE
FOR HER SON, AFTER ALL, WHO WOULD KNOW HER SON BETTER THAN
HIS MOTHER. THE MOTHER LOOKS FOR A GIRL WHO IS OF THE SAME
RELIGION. OTHER QUALITIES THAT ARE CONSIDERED DESIRABLE
ARE: A QUIET GIRL, THE QUIETER THE BETTER, LIGHT SKIN IS
PREFERRED OVER DARK AND THE LONGER THE HAIR, THE MORE
BEAUTIFUL. IN SOME SITUATIONS A DOWRY MAY BE INVOLVED.
THE CONTENTS OF THE DOWRY MAY BE MONEY, A HOUSE OR
APARTMENT, OR IN THE FARMING CLASSES, IT MAY INCLUDE
ANIMALS. IN THE HIGHER CLASSES, EDUCATION IS VALUABLE
AND MAY BE CONSIDERED AS DOWRY.

Submitter comment: KHALID WAS TALKING ABOUT HIS MARRIAGE AND THAT OF HIS
BROTHERS AND SISTERS. WE WERE DISCUSSING THE DIFFERENCES
BETWEEN MARRIAGE IN THE U.S. AND IN PAKISTAN.

Where learned: LAHORE ; PAKISTAN

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage

Date learned: 11-00-1987

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THE MARRIAGE CELEBRATION IN PAKISTAN AMONG THE MOSLEMS IS
VERY DIFFERENT THAN IN THE U.S. THE COUPLE MAY NEVER HAVE
MET BEFORE. THE CEREMONY IS HELD AT THE BRIDE'S FAMILY
HOME. THE WHOLE FAMILY PREPARES THE HOUSE FOR ALL THE
GUESTS. WHEN THE CEREMONY OCCURS THE BRIDE IS IN ONE ROOM
WITH HER PARENTS, FAMILY AND FRIENDS AND THE GROOM IS IN
ANOTHER ROOM WITH HIS PARENTS, FAMILY AND FRIENDS. ALSO A
PRIEST IS THERE. THERE ARE NO BRIDESMAIDS OR OTHER
ATTENDANTS. THERE IS AN EXCHANGE OF RINGS BUT THERE IS
NOTHING SIGNIFICANT ABOUT EXCHANGING THEM. THE PRIEST JUST
TAKES THE BRIDE'S RING TO HER IN THE OTHER ROOM, AND GIVES
THE GROOM HIS RING. THE WHOLE PROCESS TAKES A FEW HOURS.

Submitter comment: THE INFORMANT SAYS IT IS VERY STRANGE COMPARED TO A U.S.
WEDDING. HE SAYS MANY TIMES IT IS A FRIGHTENING EXPERIENCE
FOR BOTH THE BRIDE AND GROOM, BUT MOSTLY FOR THE BRIDE
BECAUSE SHE HAS NEVER HAD ANY SOCIAL, EMOTIONAL OR INTIMATE
CONTACT WITH A MAN BEFORE.

Where learned: LAHORE ; PAKISTAN

Keyword(s): CEREMONY

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage

Date learned: 11-00-1987

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AFTER A MOSLEM PAKISTANI COUPLE GET MARRIED, THE
MOTHER OF THE GROOM, TAKES THE BRIDE ASIDE AND GIVES
HER THE MOSLEM "BIBLE," THE KORAN. THE BRIDE MUST
THEN READ FROM THE BOOK TO PROVE THAT SHE WAS
EDUCATED IN THE RELIGION.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT SAYS THIS IS COMMON PRACTICE. THE BRIDE
WOULD HAVE TO KNOW HOW TO READ ARABIC IN ORDER TO
READ THE KORAN, IT PROVES SHE IS EDUCATED AND
UNDERSTANDS THE FAITH.

Where learned: LAHORE ; PAKISTAN

Keyword(s): RELIGION

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Church
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage

Date learned: 11-00-1987

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