India has much diversity in terms of cultures and religions. People in North India, spanning from Jammu province to Central Indian states Delhi and Uttar Pardesh (zone 2 on the map)Ã‚Â call themselves an Ã¢â‚¬ËœAryanÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ race, and believe they are a racially superior warrior class.
This article is about area 2, which is comprised of Sikhs and Hindus.
In most cases, dating in this region starts after parents arrange marriage.
In this article, we will look at the culture and past of this region.
Ã‚Â People practice monogamy almost as a religion here. At the time of the wedding, the brideÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s father would sing the folk song Ã¢â‚¬Å“Teri Doli jaayegi te arthi hi aayegiÃ¢â‚¬Â; meaning Ã¢â‚¬Å“I am sending you off as a bride and may you come out of your husbandÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s house only on a pyre and not otherwiseÃ¢â‚¬Â.Another famous saying is Ã¢â‚¬Å“Sada Suhagan RaheÃ¢â‚¬Â, meaning Ã¢â‚¬Å“may you never become a widowÃ¢â‚¬Â; that is you should die earlier than your husband.In the lower North India state of Rajasthan, ladies used to observe Ã¢â‚¬ËœSatiÃ¢â‚¬â„¢Ã‚Â – a lady would sit on the burning pyre of her dead husband and burn herself alive.Satis are worshipped and there are many temples in that state.Now sati, though still there in some small areas, is illegal.While widowers had no restriction on getting married again, widows getting remarried was absolutely forbidden, even in cases where a girl becomes a widow at a young age (for example in her twenties).