Walters Art Museum Courtship is the period in a couple's relationship which precedes their engagement and marriage, or establishment of an agreed relationship of a more enduring kind.
During courtship, a couple get to know each other and decide if there will be an engagement or other such agreement.
A courtship may be an informal and private matter between two people or may be a public affair, or a formal arrangement with family approval.
In Japan, there is a such type of courtship called Omiai, with similar practices called "Xiangqin" (相親) in the Greater China Area.Unlike what is regularly seen in other societies, it takes a far more subdued and indirect approach.The average duration of courtship varies considerably throughout the world.Furthermore, there is vast individual variation between couples.The matchmaker and parents will often exert pressure on the couple to decide whether they want to marry or not after a few dates.
Courtship in the Philippines is one known complex form of courtship.