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A marriage market is a public place where parents list advertisements for their children with the aim of finding a marital
spouse A spouse is a significant other in a marriage. In certain contexts, it can also apply to a civil union or common-law marriage. Although a spouse is a form of significant other, the latter term also includes non-marital partners who play a social ...
for them. People then congregate there and read the listings, often in the hope of finding a marital match. Several marriage markets exist in
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, such as Shanghai's marriage market at
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and at several parks and other public places in
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, such as shopping malls. Alternatively, a marriage market can involve the use of marriage
broker A broker is a person or firm who arranges transactions between a Purchasing, buyer and a sales, seller for a commission (remuneration), commission when the deal is executed. A broker who also acts as a seller or as a buyer becomes a :wikt:princip ...
s and marriage bureaus that are involved in
matchmaking Matchmaking is the process of matching two or more people together, usually for the purpose of marriage, in which case the matchmaker is also known as a marriage broker. The word is also used in the context of sporting events such as boxing, in ...
to unite people in marriage. In October 2011, marriage markets in
India India, officially the Republic of India (Hindi: ), is a country in South Asia. It is the List of countries and dependencies by area, seventh-largest country by area, the List of countries and dependencies by population, second-most populous ...
involving the use of brokers were estimated to be a $250 billion (
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) industry. Marriage markets using brokers exists in
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, India and in several other regions of India.


See also

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Arranged marriage Arranged marriage is a type of marital union where the bride and groom are primarily selected by individuals other than the couple themselves, particularly by family members such as the parents. In some cultures a professional matchmaker may be us ...
* Arranged marriage in the Indian subcontinent *
Chinese marriage Traditional Chinese marriage () is a ceremonial ritual within Chinese societies that involves not only a union between spouses, but also a union between the two families of a man and a woman, sometimes established by pre-arrangement between fam ...
* Dating in China *
Singles Day The Singles' Day () or Double 11 (), originally called Bachelors' Day, is a Chinese unofficial holiday and shopping season that celebrates people who are not in a relationship. The date, 11 November (11/11), was chosen because the numeral 1 res ...


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Further reading

* * * * {{cite web , url=http://www.jnu.ac.in/library/IMDS_Working_Papers/IMDS_May_2009_WP_9_47-550001.pdf , title=Indian Overseas Migration, Marriage Markets and Citizenship Issues , publisher=Asia Research Institute, National University of Singapore , work=Working paper no. 9 , date=February 2009 , accessdate=2013-05-13 , author=Jones, Gavin W. , url-status=dead , archiveurl=https://web.archive.org/web/20130304232633/http://www.jnu.ac.in/Library/IMDS_Working_Papers/IMDS_May_2009_WP_9_47-550001.pdf , archivedate=2013-03-04 Dating Marriage in Chinese culture Sexuality in China