In honor of Cinco de Mayo, Dates & Mates explores the dating culture in other countries. While there are people in the US who think dating here is difficult, some of the relationship customs from around the world are even more of a scramble.
In Middle Eastern countries such as Afghanistan dating is rare since most marriages are arranged by the parents. And since schools are separate for girls and boys, the opportunity to meet one another is rare. Also, girls also have a 7pm curfew, while boys have to be in by 11pm.
Dating is not allowed in South America and Central America until the age of 15. When teens can start dating they go out with friends as more of a group date, than a one-on-one date. In Brazil it’s customary to live with your parents until you marry, leaving some singles sharing their family home until their 30s.
In Europe dating is a group event. From Finland to Russia, dates consist of friends and strangers dancing and dining. In The Netherlands it’s much more loose than that. You may go out with a person one night and not hear from them for weeks, even if they did like you. While over in England it’s customary to just “end up” in a relationship after two dates with no further discussion expected.
Dating does not begin until college for those in Japan and Korea. School is considered the highest priority before marriage. It’s customary for the boy to ask the girl out and to pay for the date every time. Japanese parents are also known to hire matchmakers for their children.
Dating is against the law in Iran. Teens are separated until they are the legal marrying age. While arranged marriages are not the norm, parents will introduce their children to one another in hopes that a union will occur with another family of an acceptable bloodline.
If you’re still learning about your own dating mores, especially when it comes to sex, read more HERE.