Kids in Mozambique face tremendous pressure to be sexually active as soon as they hit puberty.
When the Portuguese took over they introduced and made legal the European way of getting married at the time, which included a marriage ceremony in the courthouse and in the church, the bride wearing a white dress and veil, the groom wearing a suit, a godfather and godmother (instead of bridesmaids and groomsmen), and all the expenses that go with it.
Very few people could afford the court fees required to get married in the court, not to mention the white bridal dress, suit, and party for the whole church or community afterwards.
The marriage ceremony itself was like a formal meeting between the two families where relatives from each side would ask questions to ensure that the other family was honorable and that their son/daughter would be a good and faithful spouse.
Both families would promise the other that they would support the marriage and take care of the new spouse as their own son or daughter.
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Information is entered by event organisers and may be subject to change, please see event page for latest information.If everyone was happy after that, it was agreed that the union was official and then everyone would eat a huge feast.The cost of the feast would be divided among the groom’s relatives and all the women in his family would prepare the food.And they won’t go get the paper at the courthouse because they feel like they need to have a huge church wedding for it to be a “real” marriage.Marriages in the old days were not “all good” because polygamy, concubines, and girls marrying at a very young age were the norm.Add your Dating event free of charge, using our Promotion Centre.