People of India: The Family System

Family is an important aspect of the human existence and the definition and structure of a family remains about the same throughout the world with certain small variations. The Indian family bonds are known to be among the strongest in our world. We are going to talk more on this topic in this post.

An Extended Family or Joint Family

In India, an Extended Family or Joint Family can be seen quite often. In this system, parents, unmarried daughters, sons, wives and the children of the sons live together under a single roof; and there is a common kitchen. It should be noted that traditionally daughters leave parents’ household to join the household of the husband after marriage.

The world's biggest family: Ziona Chana of India with his family of 39 wives, 94 children, 14 daughters-in-law, and 33 grandchildren.
The world’s biggest family: Ziona Chana of India with his family of 39 wives, 94 children, 14 daughters-in-law, and 33 grandchildren.

Nuclear Family

A Nuclear Family is a family that involves a married couple and the offspring. Nowadays, as the lifestyle is changing, the sons often decide to live separately after getting married, forming a Nuclear Family (instead of an Extended of Joint Family). In such cases, the parents may still live with one of the sons.

Sometimes when sons decide to have separate households but cannot afford a new home, they live under the same roof, but separate kitchens. Having separate kitchens is a resounding indication of a ‘Divided Family’.

Adults living with parents

In India, sons are supposed to live with parents and take care of them when are they are old. When the sons have moved to other cities in order to find work and they are not able to bring parents to the new home, In this case then, they are still supposed to support parents financially if needed.

It should also be mentioned that the trend of adults moving out of the parents’ home is extremely rare in India.

Modern Cohabitation

Couples living together without getting married can be found in India, especially in the bigger cities. However, this phenomenon should be considered rare as its percentage against the total population of India very low. This percentage is rising, though. Live-in relationships are perceived disapprovingly by the majority of Indians.

The Last Words

So, let’s summarise by saying that Indians tend to remain close to the family and living with parents even after marriage is the norm. Moving out after reaching adulthood is extremely rare.

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