Ethiopian dating and marriage customs

The legal age of marriage in Ethiopia for men and women is 18.

Prior to a law passed in the year 2000, the acceptable age of marriage for rural girls was 12-14 years old, but some would marry as young as age 9.

In some regions, the groom is expected to give jewelry and the wedding dress to his bride.

A woman who cannot provide the customary gifts is at a disadvantage.

In recent years, crops have been poor because of drought.

Approximately 85 percent of the population lives in rural areas.

It is customary for the bride's family to give the groom's family gifts at the time of marriage.

There are regional variations in traditions in Ethiopia.

If her family is poor, a woman will be sequestered in her home for three months.

During this time she will undergo extensive beauty rituals, such as henna decoration and herb saunas, while other women in her family and community lavishly pamper and attend to her.

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