Dating and marriage customs in jamaica
Teenagers in the 1950's are so iconic that, for some, they represent the last generation of innocence before it is "lost" in the sixties.
When asked to imagine this lost group, images of bobbysoxers, letterman jackets, malt shops and sock hops come instantly to mind.
In a heterosexual relationship, the man traditionally proposes to the woman and the actual proposal often has a ritual quality, involving the presentation of a ring (an engagement ring) and the formalized asking of a question such as "Will you marry me?
This section is in advanced English and is only intended to be a guide, not to be taken too seriously! Marriage is usually initiated by a proposal of marriage, simply called "a proposal".
Then again, few other countries have the same social conditions as America.One of the conventions they put a new spin on, and consequently revolutionize, is the idea and practice of dating.The 1950's set up precedents in dating that led to what many consider "normal" dating today.Some engage in it as a profession and charge a fee for their services.Usually a professional matchmaker is called a shadchan, but anyone who makes a shidduch is considered the shadchan for it.