In different casteMarriages follows different procedures...
In different casteMarriages follows different procedures or methods. In case of Christian marriage, the groom and his parents select prospective partners. They were search about the grooms and the bride’s family background, including financial and social standing to each other. Then they have to notify their individual churches to procure sanction. The sanction is granted they have to undergo a marriage preparation course conducted by the church. Except Fridays they have to present themselves before the church officer for manasammatham. Two male persons from both the par tees have to stand witness for this ceremony. This will be recorded in the church register. After this for the next three successive Sundays, while the church in congregation, this engagement will be announced. This is to inform others and to give them a chance to file objection. Them fix a date for the marriage. Normally the wedding is held at the diocese of the groom. Both the bride and groom, along with their relatives and friends, will reach the marriage place before the appointed time. Then starts the wedding functions like ‘thalikettu’ a sacred thread around brides neck, giving ‘mantrakodi’ the wedding saree, are incorporated into the Christian wedding. Then the process of marriage (divyabali) begins. This is the marriage function of Christians.