Marriage is accepted as a custom in all cultures, religions, and countries. There are different rituals in different cultures. In different religions, with different ceremonies, it is treated as sacred. In most countries, it is a socially accepted custom with regulations. When time goes on, when individualism increases, it is a question, at least for some people- why marriage? Why it is needed- what is the significance? Why not live together…what is the difference?
Do we need to own a house to live? It is not that necessary. People can live in streets, shelters, or rental places. But owning a house provides a sense of belonging, security and self esteem for a person. It gives a structure and shape in the community and regions. When we look marriage in the same way like owning a house, is that necessary? Not really- two individuals can live together without a marriage too. Why to marry? Marriage is commitment and acceptance to each other and it becomes a symbol of respect towards each person and the love they share. It provides a proof in the society that they are committed to each other. Marriage creates the structure of family in communities, religions and whole society we live in.
Sometimes people lose faith in marriage seeing the different things in day to day life. Making a marriage successful needs lot of effort. How can we make a house a ‘Home’? When we like everything about that house and accept what it is, we start to like and love that house. We add furniture and features according to our interests. We maintain and repair whenever it is needed. We do different stuff to make it our ‘Home’. Just like that, lot of effort is needed to make a marriage successful. Love, mutual respect, forgiveness and understanding are needed constantly. Then only that relationship will be the ‘home’ for individuals. Creating that ‘home’ is in the hands of individuals. Then only it will be a long lasting relation.
‘Marriage’ is not the problem in relationships and marriages when they fall apart. ‘Marriage’ is significant for individuals as well as society.