According to Wikipedia, a marriage proposal is an event where one person in a relationship asks for the other's hand in marriage. If accepted, it marks the initiation of engagement; a mutual promise of marriage.
There are many traditions in Western proposals. It is customary for the male to propose marriage to the female, by saying "Will you marry me, ........?" He is usually on bended knee, presenting a sparkling diamond ring. However, in recent times other gemstones have been used for the engagement ring, including sapphire and emerald.
Another tradition is that the male asks the female's father for her hand in marriage. This goes back to earlier times when a man would receive a dowry from the female's family for the marriage.
It is a tradition in Scotland, Ireland and England on 29 February in a leap year, so every 4 years, where a female can propose to her man. In recent times, it has become less common as females like the romantic gesture from her partner.
In modern times, it is said that couples in long term relationships are frequently discussing the idea of marriage and when to get married. Social media plays a big part on the appeal of sharing their proposal experience. They have seen other couples marriage proposals online and they want to duplicate it.
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