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    This hidden gem is full of surprises, from the impressive salt flats (pictured) to the migrating flamingos. It also clings to the most historic indigenous culture on the continent. Explore Bolivia!

Relationships, Marriage, & Family Life in Bolivia

Dating, marriage, and family life in Bolivia vary significantly. Among some people marriage and family are closely linked to the Catholic Church as it is a highly religious ceremony, dating prior to marriage is kept at a minimum, and pre-marital sex is considered inappropriate. For others, including many of the Aymara and Quechua, couples are expected to live together and start a family prior to marriage; today this is the norm in Bolivia.

After living together for some time (up to three years) and often times having a child or two a couple will marry. Many Bolivians will spend this time living together in the home of the groom's parents and on average they marry at about age 22-25. After some time living together the couple will formally marry in the eyes of the government and the church. The first of these ceremonies is the civil ceremony, which legally marries the couple. The church ceremony then takes place as does a large celebration that often lasts three days. More than just a party, this celebration also signifies the end of the courtship and the introduction of the young couple as adult members of the community. If they have not already, most couples will move into their own house at this time.

Through the marriage events, Godparents are often chosen for the wedding couple. These godparents, one couple for each spouse, take on an important role in the couple's relationship (now and into the future) and are actively involved in the marriage ceremony.

Once married, family life in Bolivia varies from couple to couple, but most couples are expected to, and do have children, as divorce is very rare. Most families have two to four children and the man is often expected to financially support the family as the woman is often expected to raise the children and maintain the house.

This page was last updated: November, 2013