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Divorce is more common in America than it is in other countries, but the divorce levels have steadied since the introduction of “no-fault” divorces. This is the kind of divorce where no one has done something wrong; the marriage has simply fallen apart. However, the only reason it seems like there’s a high divorce rate in America is because when no-fault divorces were first introduced, it became much easier for women to get out of abusive marriages.

Before that, both people had to show up to court, and there had to be clear proof. Someone that was good at hiding the abuse could keep the marriage going by not showing up to court, by telling a better story, or by having such a good facade that no one believed they were capable of abuse.

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Japan is an interesting place. However, Japan does not copy American culture much. If anything, the opposite is true; America is copying Japanese popular culture (animes, Hello Kitty, etc.). For instance, in Japan, it is often seen as a good thing to be silent in business areas. In America, the louder and longer you talk, the better your chances of getting a new client.

That’s just one difference, but it gives an idea of how the Japanese culture is different from the American culture. Another difference that comes to mind is the way shoes are treated. In Japan, it is seen as rude to wear your shoes in someone else’s home. In America, some people will wear their shoes inside someone else’s house unless they are told they can take them off.

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This is a difficult question to answer, only because it is only as influential as another country lets it be. For example, China is less influenced by American culture than England is. This is because China has made it really hard for anyone to get into China’s popular culture unless they tow the party line. England, on the other hand, has an open market and lets the market dictate what’s popular.

All this said, what is going on in America and with the president’s relations with other countries can make a difference in how influential America is in specific open market countries. Some see America as a big bully. Others see it as a good trading partner. It all depends on the political trends at the time.

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Legally, a man cannot have two wives at the same time in America. This would also apply to a man looking to have two husbands, or a woman trying to marry two people at once. However, if one wife dies, the man is free to remarry at his will. If he decides to divorce his first wife, he may marry a second wife. Same for a woman who has divorced or become widowed.

The only illegal thing about that situation would be if he tried to marry two wives at once. This is not a common practice in America, and it has been illegal since the 1800s. However, back when America first became a country, it was legal but still uncommon.

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Some Americans might celebrate Indian festivals. It all depends on their family backgrounds and/or their friends. Most Americans love to celebrate, but there are those that would prefer not to celebrate with friends.
As for Indian festivals, specifically, if someone lives near a festival, they might go just to see what’s going on.

If someone has a friend that has Indian heritage, they might celebrate with their friend or at least wish them a happy festival. The food, the atmosphere, and the time of day could also contribute to someone celebrating an Indian festival if they are not of that background. Otherwise, it might not appeal to someone or they might not understand why someone celebrates on a specific day.

This doesn’t apply only to Indian festivals, but since this question specifically asks about Indian festivals, I have focused on those festivals.

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This depends on who you ask. There are some who would say that marriage is honestly just a piece of paper, and there are others who say it’s not just a piece of paper. The former is the trend nowadays. About fifty percent of couples live together for years before they actually get married in the United States, with the other fifty percent getting married first.

However, marriage - regardless of your views on the marriage certificate and the relevance it has to the marriage - is what you make of it. If all you see when you think of marriage is a piece of paper, it’s not for you. If it means more to you, it’ll probably last longer and mean more.

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Americans celebrate any festival as anyone else would: with decorations, traditional foods, and surrounding themselves with friends and family. My family, for example, has a tradition of opening one present per person on Christmas Eve. Another family might have their big family dinner on Christmas Eve and avoid all the heavy Christmas Day traffic.

However, that said, there are whole communities that will ban together and celebrate specific holidays together. A group of Indian Americans might get together and celebrate Holi together. A Muslim American population might observe Ramadan together. Irish Americans might come together to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in a more traditional way. It all depends on who is in the area and what they decide they want to do for a specific holiday.

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