Arranged marriage has been the tradition in Cambodia for centuries and remains the norm practiced for Cambodians both at home and overseas.Marriage is a very important institution for Cambodians.
After a spouse has been selected, a go-between discusses the proposal with the parents, who need to be satisfied that the right choice is being made for their offspring.
Presents are exchanged, and in rural areas, a young man may have to vow to serve his new father-in-law for a while. It starts at the bride's home followed by a religious ceremony and exchange of ritual gifts.
If a man were interested in marrying a girl he saw but to whom he had not spoken, his parents would arrange an engagement ceremony with the girl's parents. Marriage is still arranged but individuals often are consulted about the choice of their spouse, and rejecting the parents' arrangement is tolerated.
Even a young woman has an opportunity to reject her parents' wishes, although not many daughters are yet willing to exercise this option.
The garments worn are covered with jewelry as a mark of respect to the parents of bride and groom, and all the couple's relatives and friends are present.
The parents offer blessings and the couple pray to the monks for a happy life.
They may tell you a variety of stories about needing medical checks, proof of vaccinations or other paperwork that you must pay them for or your visa will not get issued.
You may even be directed by these fake officials to get your visa elsewhere at a higher price. They will pull you over and continue to come up with reasons you should be “fined” until you give them money.
Children also have obligations toward their parents to do their utmost to maintain their parents' honor.
Cambodians believe in returning gratitude to their parents.
In theory a man may have more than one wife if he can afford it.