This is the case, for example, in Nepal, Bangladesh, and India. Though many countries in East and Southeast Asia now show patterns of very delayed marriage, not all of them do.
The people of Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand and Myanmar marry late, while the people of Indonesia marry earlier.
What has been responsible for these remarkable differences in marriage patterns?
In many East and Southeast Asian countries, delayed marriage can be linked to rapid economic development, rapidly advancing educational levels for women and related changes in employment patterns.
It all makes for a large population of singles who would actually like to marry.
Traditional arranged marriage systems have collapsed, and women, who no longer need a husband for financial security, are delaying marriage.
Women in the region still prefer to marry up, and men are often reluctant to marry someone who is better educated or makes more money than they do.To add to these factors, effective matchmaking procedures have not emerged to replace the earlier arranged marriage systems.