In this multi cultural world, it is becoming easier to meet a partner who has a different cultural background than yours. This makes dating a bit more complex as you have to be aware of the cultural differences especially when you are about to meet your partner’s family if you decide to become serious with her. There may also be religious differences which you need to take into account before you decide to make the relationship permanent.
In respect to the cultural differences both you and your partner will need to adopt a bit of each other’s culture if you are to live harmoniously together. Also you want to be able to get along with your partner’s family. If your partner speaks a different language you may want to learn a bit of the language. This will show your partner and her family that you care about her and it will show that you respect their culture and traditions. Even though some of their traditions may seem silly to you, you need to respect that the traditions may have been with her family for centuries. If you respect their traditions, it will show them that you are an open minded person and that you care about their feelings.
If you are dating a woman with a Middle Eastern background, you need to realize that most, not all, Middle Eastern families will disapprove of you dating their daughter without a chaperone. Your partner may insist that you take her brother to the date as well. This is so the brother will ensure that you don’t get too affectionate with the sister. The chaperone is usually accountable to her parents. In their culture, showing affection especially in public prior to marriage is frowned upon. If you decide to marry your partner, you may need to get approval not only from her but her family as well.
If she is of a different religious background, you need to think carefully if it is worth marrying your partner. You need to take your future children into account when you make the decision. For example, an important question is which religion will you raise your children under? The last thing you want is for your children to grow up confused about their identity. You also want to avoid future confrontation with your wife and her family.
Relationships are not easy when you have the same cultural and religious background let alone when they are different. If you decide to be serious about the relationship, you need to take the differences in account to avoid future problems.