More Young Indonesians Skip Dating, Go Straight to Marriage

Introduced by a mutual good friend, Gita Hemas Prihatna and Agus Riyanto made a decision

Introduced by a mutual good friend, Gita Hemas Prihatna and Agus Riyanto made a decision to get married the next time they met. They had regarded every other for a few days.

In its place of heading the common route of young Indonesians—finding a suited associate through dating—the few selected what experts say is an progressively well-liked substitute path in the nation: a fast marriage, with substantially of the having-to-know-every-other process developing immediately after the marriage ceremony. The observe is regarded domestically as “taaruf.”

Ms. Gita and Mr. Agus received married in November in Malang, East Java, the city the place they the two grew up.

Ms. Gita, a 27-calendar year-outdated observant Muslim, had dated right before, but was let down when her ex-boyfriend broke points off and moved ahead with a diverse girl.

This time close to she sought motivation up entrance, and received it. She and her partner, 29, who owns a furniture business, the two shared a goal, Ms. Gita stated, of locating a pious existence associate. “I stated, ‘I never have time to date,’” she stated in recalling their first assembly. He stated he didn’t possibly.