A marriage proposal is an event where one person in a relationship asks for the other's hand in marriage.If accepted, it marks the initiation of engagement. It often has a ritual quality, sometimes involving the presentation of an engagement ring and the formal asking of a question for example "Will you marry me, ...?" In the Anglosphere it is traditional in heterosexual relationships for the man to make a proposal to the woman directly while genuflecting in front of her, although kneeling is not uncommon if somewhat obsequious; the man sometimes puts the engagement ring on her finger at this point, as opposed to merely offering it to her. Sometimes the proposal is intended to be a surprise. If the woman accepts the proposal, she will typically assent to the man verbally and wear the ring during the time leading up to the marriage ceremony, known as the engagement. Acceptance of the proposal is not compulsory in Western culture.

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