The number of dates prior to announcing an engagement may vary by community. In stricter communities, the couple may decide a few days after originally meeting with each other.

In frum circles, especially among Hassidim, eighteen is the age when shidduchim start and shadchanim take notice.

Those who support marriage by shidduch believe that it complies with traditional Judaism's outlook on Tzeniut, modest behaviour in relations between men and women, and prevents promiscuity.

The year 1957- Kerala is the first place in the world to have a democratically elected Communist Party.

In strictly Orthodox Jewish circles, dating is limited to the search for a marriage partner.

Bashert (or Beshert), (Yiddish: It is often used to refer to one's divinely foreordained spouse or soulmate, who is called one's "basherte" (female) or "basherter" (male).

It can also be used to express the seeming fate or destiny of an auspicious or important event, friendship, or happening.

Usually a professional matchmaker is called a shadchan, but anyone who makes a shidduch is considered the shadchan for it.

After the match has been proposed, the prospective partners meet a number of times to gain a sense of whether they are right for one another.

3rd Century BC- Emperor Asoka the Great rock inscription attests to a Keralaputra.

Around 1 BC- Kerala was ruled by Chera Dynasty, which traded with the Greeks, Romans and Arabs.

Both sides (usually the singles themselves, parents, close relatives or friends of the persons involved) make inquiries about the prospective partner, e.g.