About 8. We wanted to put a face to this fast-growing demographic, and asked readers in mixed-race pairings to share their photos with us. We asked for the basics: names, backgrounds, and the city they live in. Some couples graciously shared a bit more of their love story with us, which we included below.
The UK is becoming a racial melting pot with a surge in the number of relationships and marriages across ethnic dividing lines in the last decade, according to official figures. But while the number of people from black, Asian and mixed-race backgrounds settling down with someone from another group have all risen, white people remain by far the most segregated on the domestic front. New analysis of census figures shows that the number of people in England and Wales living with or married to someone from another group jumped 35 per cent to 2. The mixed-race population is also much younger than the wider population — almost half are under 16 compared with only 19 per cent overall. Can whirlwind romance ever lead to love less stormy?
In most cases, it starts with the nikah ceremony the official registration of the wedding and presenting Mahr and ends with the Bou Bhat ceremony the wedding reception, a day after the marriage, usually arranged by the groom's family. A traditional wedding is arranged by ghotok s matchmakers , who are generally friends or relatives of the couple. The ghotok s facilitate the couple's introduction to the wedding guests, and are given special gifts if the alliance is agreed upon and the marriage is realised. Families traditionally seek their children's matches from the same caste, religion and social standing.
In the early days of our relationship, I once got angry because Peter told a Bengali waiter in conversation that we were a couple. You see, Bengali girls are brought up to be loyal to their culture and, more than anything else, to be pure and chaste. In my mind, it was better to pretend that Peter and I were friends. What about in Jordan or Egypt or Morocco or Tunisia? Could we be so cavalier in the streets of Amman and Cairo?