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Because about 97% of Pakistan's population is Muslim Given the diversity of Muslims, some of the most common events that are held in a Pakistani marriage include variations of the following.
Marriage Proposal, Engagement, Dholki, Mehndi (Henna), Barat, Nikah, Registration, Reception, Rukhsti (Farewell), Valima (Walima), and Honeymoon.
The only Islamic requirement is the Nikah and Valima.
Other events are cultural additions and Registration is usually a legal requirement. Polygyny, the act of one man having multiple wives, is permitted under Pakistani civil law under the Marriage Act of 1965, (the Pakistani Family Act) up to a total of four wives, with the stipulation that the first wife gives attested written permission.
However, it is now less common, especially in urban areas.
Arranged marriages have been an integral part of Pakistani society for years and are still prevalent.
Marriages are often arranged within the family or within the same community or ethnicity.
Social and educational status are very important in arranged matrimonial alliances.
However nowadays, love marriages are slowly becoming more common and acceptable in Pakistan.
Arranged matches are made after taking into account factors such as the wealth and social standing of their families.
A marriage can also be made within the extended family such as between cousins.