More Young Indonesians Skip Dating, Go Straight to Marriage


Released by a mutual pal, Gita Hemas Prihatna and Agus Riyanto determined to get married the 2nd time they met. They had recognized every other for a several days.

In its place of going the usual route of young Indonesians—finding a acceptable spouse via dating—the pair chose what specialists say is an significantly well-known option path in the nation: a speedy marriage, with substantially of the receiving-to-know-every-other procedure happening after the wedding day ceremony. The observe is recognized locally as “taaruf.”

Ms. Gita and Mr. Agus bought married in November in Malang, East Java, the metropolis wherever they equally grew up.

Ms. Gita, a 27-year-old observant Muslim, had dated before, but was dissatisfied when her ex-boyfriend broke items off and moved forward with a various girl.

This time all over she sought determination up entrance, and bought it. She and her spouse, 29, who owns a household furniture enterprise, equally shared a objective, Ms. Gita mentioned, of discovering a pious lifetime spouse. “I mentioned, ‘I never have time to day,’” she mentioned in recalling their initial meeting. He mentioned he did not either.