Dating and marriage in laos
Family and friends will gather to drink and celebrate the event of the next day.The future couple, are supposedly virgins, and are not allowed to sleep together either that night or the following night.The next day, a procession goes all through the town to tell all the inhabitants about the marriage, then everybody meets up at the future couples house.
After the 1975 communist takeover in Laos, Hmong soldiers and family fled Laos to refugee camps in Thailand.The spouses will meet for a benediction ceremony, during which they will sign the marriage contract in front of witnesses, who will also assist in the handing over of the dowry by the husbands family.Photos will be taken, especially the traditional one of the spouses in the nuptial bedroom, which they will only be able to use for the first time the next day.Child marriage is a common, if underreported, issue in Southeast Asia, where between 10-24 per cent of women aged 20-24 years old are married by the time they are 18.In Vietnam, 12 per cent of women aged 20-24 were married before their 18th birthday. In Laos, where the legal age to marry is 15, figures can be hard to come by, but, according to 2005 data from the United Nations, 20 per cent of women aged 15-19 were married, divorced or widowed, compared to 6 per cent of men.
But after her father passed away, Nuan dropped out of school.