Traditionally, marriages for Roma have occurred early, after age nine but usually before age fourteen.Gajikane influence has undermined this tradition in many countries.Marriage signifies a change in position of the married couple in Roma society as full and productive members of the community. The customs and rituals for engagements and marriages described here are traditional and vary for the many Roma tribes around the world.Engagements In spite of myths of Roma immorality, most Roma follow strict rules of sexual behavior.Roma expect females to be virgins when they marry and to remain faithful to their husbands until death.
For this reason, they are accompanied by great celebrations.
This is a way of maintaining tribal and social purity.
If a Roma male marries a gadji, his community may eventually accept her, provided that she adopts the Romani way of life.
The first step in contemplating marriage is the selection of the bride.
But it is a worse violation of the marimÃ© code for a Roma female to marry a gadjo, because Roma women are the guarantors for the survival of the population.In the case of a mixed marriage, many tribes consider the children Roma only if the father is Roma.