At many weddings in Papua New Guinea most women wear grass aprons without a shirt and prior to the wedding the men and women divide into two groups. Both men and women paint their faces with details symbolic of the clan and this process, especially for the bride and groom can take hours to complete.
The pigs (and money) are then exchanged to the bride's family and a couple pigs are often given back to the groom's family as a symbol of good relations.
The following day is the feast, which is centered on the pigs exchanged the prior day.
Relationships, Marriage, & Family Life in Papua New Guinea Relationships in Papua New Guinea vary drastically, with one extreme in the cities like Port Moresby and the other in the rural mountains.
In the cities dating and freedom of choice in who a person marries is growing over time, although most dating is still done with a chaperone.
In the villages nearly all dating is done with a chaperone and who one can date and marry is heavily dependent on an individual's family.
Once a couple (or their families) decide to marry the groom's family is expected to pay the bride's family money (along with pigs and shells) and the bride is expected to work as requested by her husband.
If the couple doesn't live with the husband's parents it is likely they live next door or within walking distance.
Most couples in Papua New Guinea have three to four children, although this number varies to a degree.Married life for many couples is a new life with defined roles.Women take on numerous chores as a wife and in some relationships their husbands demand much work.Since few marriages are based on emotion many men are unfaithful and sadly this is an accepted part of society in many areas.In some areas men are also allowed to have multiple wives, which comes with great expense, but if able to, many men prefer this route.Between this situation and the work some women are forced to endure many marriages end in divorce, suicide, or wives running away from marriages.