Of the couples whose wives got married at 25 years old or older, more than 50 percent said that they felt they were at the right age for marriage.Meanwhile, of the couples whose wives married at an age younger than 25, about 50 percent said that they had to because of a pregnancy.The traditional lace mantilla, a veil worn over the head and shoulders, has recently come back into fashion among Spanish brides. While saying their vows the couple exchanges coins, known as arras.
The Democratic Party of Japan government elected in August 2009 wanted to introduce legislation that allowed married couples to use separate surnames. Some obvious examples of such improvements are a steady increase in the number of women attending higher education institutions, a remarkable growth of professional and social activities by educated and enlightened women like Nora in Henrik Ibsen’s 1879 Et Dukkehjem (A Doll’s House), and development of a self-sustaining economic strength and expansion of independent life with individual decision making.
[Source: Daishiro Inagaki, Asahi Shimbun, October 22, 2011] There were 720,417 marriages in Japan in 2005.
This figure is expected to decline by half in 2020.
This may account for the 18 percent divorce rate in Spain, much lower than that of other Western countries. If the woman shows interest too soon, she may scare the man away.
A game of refusal and pursuit typically takes place among both parties before a date even occurs.
A 1995 study by the Population Council, an international nonprofit New York-based group, reported that only 1.1 percent of Japanese births are to unwed mothers, a figure that has been virtually unchanged for twenty-five years.