All About Marriage

They say that April showers bring May’s flowers, which in turn will lead to June brides. This is probably why June has traditionally been the most popular month for marriage. And there are good and practical reasons for this. June, after all, is a month of nice weather when spring weather can probably still be felt while the oppressive heat of the summer has yet to take full hold. There is also a better chance for more guests to attend the ceremony because school should be out by that time. Flowers, which are so important in a wedding ceremony, will also be in full bloom by this time. Not to mention that the summer months will allow you to choose a wide variety of perfect honeymoon destinations.


6 Ancient Roots

But the popularity of June as a wedding month also has its roots from ancient times. June is named after the month of Juno, the Roman goddess of marriage, so getting hitched during this month should help bring prosperity and happiness. Marrying in June also led women in ancient times to give birth during the spring, giving them just enough time to recover to help collect the harvest during the fall.

During early times, people used to seldom bathe. If ever, they do their annual baths during the months of May or June. So getting married in June would also help as the brides should still smell relatively nice by the time of her wedding.


5 Types of Marriages

Most societies follow monogamy, in which both man and woman are exclusive to each other. Bigamy, in which a party engages in sexual relations outside the marriage, is generally frowned upon and even illegal. There is a minority view, however, advocating for open marriages, in which both parties are allowed to engage in sexual relations with other people.

Divorce and remarriage are usually easy to undertake in most societies. Outside of the Vatican, the Philippines is the only country in the world that does not allow divorce. It does allow for marriage annulment, however, in which a party may ask for a dissolution of marriage because of spousal abuse, abandonment, homosexuality, etc.

Some societies allow polygamy, or plural marriage. In countries that follow the Islamic law, men are allowed to practice polygyny, or to have more than just one wife up to a maximum of four at a time. They are required to ask permission from their first wife, however, and give her the option of staying or leaving. Women are not accorded the same right, however, partly to avoid problems with parental lineage.

In addition, Islamic men are allowed to marry non-Muslim women so long as she belongs to either Christianity or Judaism, or what Islam calls “People of the Book.” Muslim women are forbidden, however, from marrying outside their faith.

Polyandry, or the practice of a woman having more than one husband at a time, does exist in some isolated and tribal societies. There are some bands of the Canadian Inuit that used to practice polyandry, though it has been largely curbed the past few decades because of their conversion to Christianity.


4 Same Sex Marriage

In recent times, marriage between two parties of the same gender has been gaining recognition. Religious groups that perform same sex marriage ceremonies include the following”

  • Druids
  • Episcopalians
  • Metropolitan Community Church
  • Quakers
  • Reform and Conservative Jews
  • Unitarian Unversalists
  • United Church of Canada
  • United Church of Christ
  • Wiccans

In addition, native Americans with a two-spirit tradition also allow same sex marriages.

Countries that allow couples of the same gender to marry include the following:

  • Argentina
  • Belgium
  • Canada
  • Denmark
  • Iceland
  • Netherlands
  • Norway
  • Portugal
  • Spain
  • South Africa
  • Sweden

Pending legislation to allow same sex marriage is pending in Andorra, Columbia, Finland, France, Luxembourg, Nepal, New Zealand, Taiwan, United Kingdom and Uruguay.

Countries that have certain areas or cities that allow gay marriages include the following:

  • Brazil
  • Mexico
  • United States

States and areas that allow same sex marriages are:

  • Connecticut
  • Iowa
  • Maine
  • Maryland
  • Massachusetts
  • New Hampshire
  • New York
  • Vermont
  • Washington
  • Washington, D.C.

California, New Jersey and Rhode Island do not conduct same sex marriages, but they do recognize gay marriages performed in other jurisdictions.


3 Getting Married

Countries with the highest marriage rate for every 1,000 people include the following:

  • Antigua and Barbados – 21
  • Maldives – 20.1
  • Barbados – 13.5
  • Liechtenstein – 12.8
  • Cyprus – 12.1
  • Seychelles – 11.5
  • South Africa – 11.5
  • Jamaica – 10.3
  • Ethiopia – 10.2
  • Iran – 10.2


2 Length of Marriage

Have you ever heard of the seven-year itch? Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston, as well as Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony, got it and split up after seven years. Research has shown that problems would start on the third year, as the honeymoon would be over and stress levels would reach a peak. If the couple could get through it, things may get easier starting on the 10th year, only for things to get rocky again from the 16th to the 20th years. It should be smooth sailing afterwards, though we’ve seen the likes of Al Gore separating from his wife after 30 years.

Census data show that the average marriage length in the US is eight years, while it’s 8.7 years in Australia and 11.5 in the UK.


1 Divorce Rates


Countries with the highest divorce rates for every 1,000 population are:

  • Maldives – 10.97
  • Belarus – 4.65
  • USA – 4.19
  • Panama – 3.82
  • Russia – 3.66
  • Estonia – 3.65
  • Puerto Rico – 3.61
  • Ukraine – 3.59
  • Costa Rica – 3.58
  • Cuba – 3.54

On the other end of the scale are the countries with the lowest divorce rate for every 1,000 people. Excluding the Philippines where divorce is illegal, the list includes:

  • Libya – 0.24
  • Georgia – 0.36
  • Mongolia – 0.38
  • Armenia – 0.42
  • Chile – 0.42
  • Italy – 0.47
  • Mexico – 0.48
  • El Salvador – 0.49
  • Macedonia – 0.51
  • Turkey – 0.51

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