Being Proper at an Iranian Wedding

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Iranian Wedding
Iran is a plateau located in Southwestern Asia between the Caspian Sea and the Persian Gulf. Persian not only refers to the primary language spoken, but also the cultural sphere of civilization populations such as Iraq and central Asia (Countries and Their Cultures 1). The ritual that will be discussed in this paper is Iranian (Persian) wedding which is part of the Twelver Shi’ism, the official religion of the state which began in the 17th century by Safavid Dynasty (Countries and Their Cultures 1). The historical roots of the ritual will be discussed, who first practice it, what the goal of it is, how the ritual is conducted, who must be present, what actions are taken, and the duration, as well as how the ritual has
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Men had to have good education, manners, and a house. Class was a requirement as well. Had an upper class man married to a lower social class women, he would be deprived his right to inheritance, but his family wouldn’t abandon him, but if he was poor he would have been sentenced to death (Zanjani'Asl 1). Iranian Muslims couldn’t marry in certain months like safar, mourning month for Iman, or 40th day of death.
Different kinds of marriages were allowed such as mari-lateral cross-cousin marriages. This was in order to inherit wealth from grandparents, but the main principle was marrying once. Despite the allowance of polygyny marriages, they were rarely practiced (Countries and Their Cultures 1). The most common form of marriage was called padesha zan for woman marrying for the first time have to have their sibling at the wedding, and have equal rights to the husbands possessions (Zanjani'Asl 1). There are two parts to an Iranian wedding, the “Aghd” where the couple and their parents sign a marriage contract and set a price “majr” on the bride at her parents’ house. Only close family members and friends are invited. The 2nd stage is the reception, “Jashn-e Arrosi” that involves more people for feasts and celebrations and lasts 3-7 days. “Persian weddings usually consist of a very large number of guests. This includes the couple’s families, extended families, friends, and almost any acquaintances” (Attending Persian

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