Marriage System in Bhutan
The popular traditional practice of childhood engagement and arranged marriages were based on family and cast systems which are slowly being replaced based on mutual love and affection today. Those days are remembered where the Bhutanese strictly followed the childhood engagement and arranged marriage accordingly to the desire of the couple’s parents so that their wealth will not go outside.
A Bhutanese wedding is much more than a simple exchange of vows and rings. It includes a number of religious rites and ceremony which represents the importance of the bond between husband and wife. The wedding requires elaborate preparation before the day of the wedding ceremony is scheduled and consulting the astrologer for the good or auspicious day for the wedding is of prime importance.
In the Western Bhutan, it was commonplace that the husband goes to live in his wife’s house after marriage while the practice in Eastern Bhutan is for the wife to move into the husband’s home. Of course, the newlyweds may also choose to live on their own. Divorce is also an accepted norm and carries no ignominy or disgrace within the country.
Now a days because of schools reached in all parts of remote Bhutan, their children do not accept marrying with the same blood or the arrange marriage
During the time of third King, Jigme Dorji Wangchuk he encourage people to marry with different cast by rewarding a cash of 10,000 to bring all the people under one nation one people.
Today we will see people from different parts of country together socializing and being together in every part of country under one nation one people.