Religions tend to encourage marriage, seeing benefits for the wider society. For Sikh couples, marriage forms an equal partnership, helping them to unite each other’s souls in the presence of God.
Which of these is a purpose of marriage?
To pay less tax
To get away from the parents
To unite a couple in a life-long bond
What is an arranged marriage?
When the parents choose the partner for their son or daughter, with the young person's consent
When people decide for themselves whom they are going to marry
Living together instead of taking formal promises
What is cohabitation?
Only living together once marriage has taken place
Sharing a house with your parents
Living together without being married
What is a divorce?
A statement that a valid marriage never took place
A statement that a valid marriage has ended without either partner dying
A statement that a valid marriage has ended as one partner has died
What is Sikh teaching about cohabitation?
Many Sikhs take it for granted that a couple should only live together once they are married, not before. Sex before marriage is disapproved of
Sikh married couples must wait for a year before they live together
Sikhs believe that cohabitation is acceptable as it enables the couple to get to know each other better before they marry
What is a Sikh marriage ceremony called?
Why do Sikhs approve of arranged marriages?
Sikhs arrange marriages as children should always do as they are told by their parents
It is important for the families of both partners to get on well
To make the best possible financial arrangement
What do Sikhs believe merges when a wedding takes place?
The spirits of the two families
The finances of the two families
The souls of both of the partners
Who may give permission for a divorce to take place if one member of the marriage partnership does not want to resolve their problems?
The family of the wife
No-one as divorce is not accepted
No-one as divorce is regarded as a personal matter
Is it acceptable for a Sikh to remarry?
Yes, but only if five members of the Sikh community agree