Cultural Effects Of Marriage

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Society continues to become more and more integrated in all aspects of life, even in marriage. While the majority of society may marry within their own culture, a growing movement is emerging with couples of dissimilar ethnic backgrounds tying the knot. This type of marriage can be exciting, but also altered as one is usually breaking out of their cultural norms. To some, that can be an exciting change, but for others it may cause unintentional personal or family concerns. While some of these challenges may be problematic it is possible to have a successful marriage if one can be understanding and patient. It can be rather enlightening and joyful to marry someone from another country; however, language barriers, differences in culture, …show more content…
Some families would likely embrace the new spouse with open arms and acceptance of their culture. However, some families may disagree with their son or daughter’s decision and could elect to make things difficult for the relationship or even for the entire family. When one falls in love with a potential spouse the thought of family acceptance may have not crossed their mind, but that does not mean that some family members have contradictory opinions. Nevertheless, in most situations the passing of time can usually rectify the situation as the family becomes further exposed and even more understanding. Families of the spouses could also have a difference in mentality related to day to day family life. For example, Hispanics are a very close knit family group where up to three generations may very well live under the same roof. To the contrary, most families in western society usually live independently, even if they remain close by living in the same town or state. This wide variation in individual mentality could cause potential issues in that one spouse may not agree with extended visits or everyone living under one roof. Alternatively, the other spouse could have a difficult time understanding why one would not want family to be with them every day of their life. While some may or may not experience this variance with their spouse regarding family, most will likely …show more content…
For most, these are foods that one grew to love that provided us with not only comfort but also with great happiness. Family recipes and culinary traditions are typically handed down from generation to generation. Likewise, these foods become somewhat of a tradition that becomes an important part of the family’s culture. These traditional foods can sometimes be a very positive influence on both spouses. Many couples will find that they actually grow to love cultural food of the other spouse, even if those foods are outside of their comfort zone. It could be said that most people that would marry outside of their ethnic family are already more open minded. As such, it is very probable that they would be willing to explore the cultural cuisine of the other spouse’s family. What they may find is that they actually could have been missing out on some wonderful flavors from all around the world. Almost all families have great recipes and food, so most will find at least a few new things that excite their taste buds. It might be possible to say that food resembles the international language of love in that it can help to bring everyone’s individual families closer together. While some impediments may even be eliminated by great family cuisine, others might still have difficulties overcoming one other major hurdle and that is a

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