Marriages have traditionally been arranged by parents of the same caste in different villages between young people who have never met.In the old days parents had more say over their children's future spouse than their children did.
The most dramatic aspect of this asymmetrical relationship is the giving of dowry.
[Source: Library of Congress *] The wedding is regarded as the beginning of a relationship rather than the culmination of one.
Once a couple decided that they wanted to get married they were not allowed to date or meet each other between the engagement and the wedding day.
Even today romance plays little part in selecting a mate, many young people say they are opposed to courtship and they trust their parent’s judgment rather than their own when it comes to selecting a mate.
It is estimated that 80 percent of all marriages in South Asia are arranged by the bride and groom's parents.
Many future spouses in India have never met one another before they are introduced by their parents.I didn't think I would necessarily go through with it.But my reservations got pushed to the side when I met her. Fitting in to a family with ties that are several time zones away could be to much to ask." One young Indian-American man told Newsday, "My parents are the two people in the world who know me best, both my strengths and weaknesses.Even so arranged marriages have a very high success rate.There are fewer divorces with arranged marriages than with love marriages based on the fact there are relatively low divorce rates in countries with arranged marriages and high divorce rates in countries with love marriages.I met my husband alone only once and agreed to marry him. " Dad gets her married in a few months and tells her only a week before the marriage.