In 2009, the number of marriages rose for a sixth successive year. Statistics also show that both men and women are marrying later. [Source: S Mustafa, Today, June 18, 2010] Muslims in are allowed to have up to four wives.For men, the average age when they take their marriage vows is now 29.8 years. For other groups marriage is defined by law as monogamous.In a 2001 Time sex survey 79 percent of males and 80 percent of females said that monogamy was important to them; and 38 percent of males and 36 percent of females said it was important to marry a virgin.The percentage of unmarried Singaporeans over the age of 35 increased from 19 percent in 1990 to 30 percent in 2000.Three days of paid leave is promised to newlywed couples.Marriages across ethnic lines occurred, but not often.Between 19, intermarriage rates remained at 6 percent of all marriages.
Shared religion encouraged intermarriage, with marriages between Malays and Indian Muslims the most common form of ethnic intermarriage.Interethnic marriages included a disproportionate number of divorced or widowed individuals.[Source: Library of Congress, 1989] Marriage and wedding customs generally are in accordance with the customs of the ethnic or religious group getting married.Arranged marriages, using matchmakers and go-between, are still common, particularly among Hindus and Malay Muslims.