Cost of ru­ral wed­dings too high to last

China Daily (Canada) - - LIFE -

of the Chi­nese Lu­nar NewYear is al­ways the busiest sea­son of the year for ru­ral wed­ding cer­e­monies, which some fam­i­lies spend decades of sav­ings on. Bei­jing News com­mented onWed­nes­day:

Some ex­perts think the rea­son for the high cost of wed­dings in ru­ral ar­eas is the de­mo­graphic im­bal­ance which re­sults in ex­pen­sive be­trothal gifts and the ex­trav­a­gant spend­ing at­mos­phere.

But it is un­fair to say ex­pen­sive dowries and ex­trav­a­gant wed­ding cer­e­monies push ru­ral fam­i­lies into poverty again. Even for young ur­ban men and women, get­ting mar­ried is a ma­jor event that puts a heavy bur­den on both fam­i­lies.

In most of cases, a prop­erty and car are ne­ces­si­ties for the bride in many peo­ple’s eyes. These as­sets are nec­es­sary pur­chases to at­tract a bride even for young men liv­ing in cities. So to some ex­tent, even though ex­pen­sive be­trothal gifts are not re­quired, the mar­riage bur­den on young men in cities is no lighter than their coun­ter­parts in ru­ral ar­eas.

But the dif­fer­ence in the sit­u­a­tion be­tween young men in cities and those liv­ing in ru­ral ar­eas is the for­mer are more likely to have a sta­ble in­come from pro­fes­sional oc­cu­pa­tions.

To tackle the prob­lem of mar­riage poverty means re­duc­ing the cost of hold­ing wed­ding cer­e­monies and the price of real es­tate. Fun­da­men­tally it re­quires im­prov­ing the so­cial in­surance for ru­ral pop­u­la­tion, pro­vid­ing nec­es­sary skill train­ings and rais­ing their self-de­vel­op­ment abil­i­ties.

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