Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Afghanistan


Alphabetically, Afghanistan is the first country in the world. The country gets a bad reputation because of the War on Terror but as a country it has many things to offer. For a person to get married in Afghanistan it is because a couple has family there, some connection to the country, or their is something drawing them to get married there. Whatever draws a person in, should be the theme for the wedding. The two themes I showcase will be the country as a theme, and the Lapis Lazuli stone.

The first step in planning a wedding is picking what type of ceremony to have, either a religious one, an out doors one, a sand ceremony, etc. According to the Kabul Afghanistan Embassy of The United States, ''It is not possible for a non-Muslim man to marry a Muslim woman in Afghanistan, but it is possible for a Muslim man to marry a non-Muslim, foreign, woman. Additionally, the court will not register marriages involving Afghans who claim not to be Muslim, unless the couple consents to a Muslim religious ceremony. Afghan law considers all Afghans Muslim by default.
''Foreigners who want to marry in Kabul must first register the marriage at the Family Court, located in the Kabul Governor's House Compound. In the provinces, outside of Kabul, marriages can be registered at the civil courts. The couple must appear at the Family Court in Kabul with two witnesses and photo identification (preferably their passports). Witnesses should also have photo identification. If one of the individuals who wish to marry is Muslim, a religious Muslim ceremony will be performed at the time of registration. If both individuals are foreigners and non-Muslim, a civil ceremony many be performed. After the court ceremony, the couple is considered married under Afghan law; they may than conduct the family or religious ceremony/celebration of their choice.'' (The United States Embassy in Kabul Afghanistan)