As you know it is engagement season!! As you know the modern Western custom of a man proposing to a woman with a diamond ring is practiced around the world, many regions and cultures practice proposal customs that use a different approach.
Discover some proposal customs from around the world:
India and Pakistan
In Indian and Pakistani proposal customs, the family of bridegroom makes a formal proposal to the family of the bride. In very traditional circles, the couple themselves are not involved in the process at all. In Pakistan, if the bride’s family accepts the proposal from the bridegroom’s family, a special engagement party usually takes place where the groom-to-be proposes to the bride-to-be. Arranged marriages are still very common in India and Pakistan.
In Thailand, many traditional engagement and wedding customs are still followed today. Tradition holds that a couple’s engagement is marked by a ceremony known as “Thong Mun” in which the prospective groom gives gold to his prospective bride’s family. Gold, and not a diamond ring, is the preferred proposal currency, and dowry negotiations are usually part of the proposal process.
Germany and Sweden
During the engagement period, both the bride and groom typically wear a ring on their left hands (in the USA, the groom generally only wears a ring on his wedding day and thereafter).
Many modern-day weddings in Ghana often include a classic African tradition of a knock on the door during the proposal stage, in which the groom’s uncle and mother visit the woman’s family to propose marriage in the groom’s behalf.
In some tribes in Kenya, a man will send beads to a woman he is interested in marrying. If the woman keeps the beads, it means she has accepted the proposal; the woman’s family will give her an ornament to add to her beads if they accept the engagement.
Maybe that give you some idea to see the proposal for an other angle.
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