"You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means." – The Princess Bride
A marriage proposal here does not mean a man proposing marriage to a woman he loves. Or a woman proposing marriage to a man he loves.
Here, it means arranging a marriage.
The following are marriage proposal advertisements on a Sri Lankan website. Pretty similar adverts are also in the local papers – pages and pages of the classifieds sections.
And for your amusement, I’ve included some. 🙂
The Bride’s Section:
Number of Entries:1523
- Govi/Buddhist parents seeks professional ,loving and caring son between the age group of 32-39 wit for their 32 yrs old,fair ,pretty and 5’3" in height daughter who is a IT professional attach to a US based IT company. (Govi/Buddhist – cast and religion. Very important to some people.)
- A Cute, Sunny, Slim, Self-assured girl has just realised that she’s unlikely to bump into her Sri Lankan Knight in Shining Armour in her neck of the Woods in London.. I am an optimist,Thoughtful,Caring and Honest with a Passion for life. (Also a Hopeless Romantic..) G/B,5’4", 35yrs and a Dental Surgeon, I have been educated mainly in England(UK Citizen)but am fluent in Sinhalese and am Proud of my Sri Lankan Heritage. Looking for an Easygoing, Articulate Galahad with a G.S.O.H. Ideally, Athletic/Sporty and living in England or S.L.(with some foreign exposure).
- kandyan govibuddhist retired executive parents seek professional below 38 years for their daughter who is a professionaly qualified journalist attached to a prestigious newspaper in colombo.She is fair,slim,good-natured 34.5 years and 5’4 in height.
- Brother seeks profesional/well employed partner below 38 yrs. for sister, tamil, roman catholic, pretty, slim, fair, 33 yrs. accountant in a leading firm. Contact with full details.
- Kandy Bodu/Govi retired government parents seeks a educated, stable, loving and caring son between the age group of 33-38 with a view to an early marriage for their second daughter who is 31 of age, 5’1, pretty, kind hearted, good Charactered who is working in colombo in a finacial institution. cast/creed immaterial.
The Groom’s Section
Number of Entries:1245
- I am Govi /Buddhist 33, 5 4, and Professionally Qualified (BSc, Masters) currently working in UK, looking for an educated, girl whos willing to reside abroad. Please reply with all details, Confidentiality assured.
- parents seeking an attractive ,fair,educated and homely girl for a well educated hindu son who is currntly employed as an executive in the uae drawing a salary of 200000-300000 per annum. if interested please contact with a photograph and details to the e-mail address mentioned.
- i am 32 years old,sinhalese,bodu govi,5’5"tall,good looking and non smoker.i am civil supervisor in sri lanka.currently working in south korea.looking for pretty and kind hearted girl for marriage.if you interested me please replay me
- G/B Parents from NWP seek educated pretty fair slim partner below 27 years for their son fair handsome teetotallar non-smoker 30yrs (1974-12-30) 5’7 employed in a reputed, establishment as an executive still studying inheriting house and property. Pls, forward family details along with copy of horoscope contact telephone numbers.
- Bodu govi,Close to alawwa town Parents seek a fair, beautiful, attractive and well charactive bride for their smart handsome son 29 years 55 . Working in a star class hotel in Sri Lanka.He has complete house . Partner should have a job in government or private section . Should be under 29 years old. Please call on similar cast.
- I am 28 years old, Sinahalese, G/B, 5′ 5" tall, good looking and non smoker, I run a computer business and owns car, house etc. Looking for a kind hearted girl for marriage. Religion and cast immaterial.
- I’m 28 years old Korean person . I heard about srilankan culture, so I like to married a srilankan girl. If you interested please mail me with details.