The wedding ceremony is often followed up with a huge celebration that includes
dinner, drinks (including the necessary pisco sour and local wines), and
dancing. This often begins late and ends at 5:00-6:00 am the next day, sometimes
After getting married these young couples (most Chileans marry
in their early- to mid-20s) start families rather quickly and often move into their
own house (prior to marriage most young people live with their parents). Divorce
is not allowed in Chile (although an annulment can be made) so couples almost always
remain together for life with their growing families, which tends to end with two
children, although some couples only have one and others have more kids.
Generally, men are expected to financially support the family in Chile
as women more often take on the role of caregiver to the children, while also running
the house. This position women take in the home is one of truly caring for the family
and many families would struggle to adjust without this role, which is viewed with
great respect. However, today many women are going to work, especially in Santiago.