Traditionally, in the case of a formal engagement, it has been perceived that it is the role of a male to actively "court" or "woo" a female, thus encouraging her to understand him and her receptiveness to a proposal of marriage.
The average duration of courtship varies considerably throughout the world.
In Japan, there is a such type of courtship called Omiai, with similar practices called "Xiangqin" (相親) in the Greater China Area.
The matchmaker and parents will often exert pressure on the couple to decide whether they want to marry or not after a few dates.
Within China's Dai ethnic group, courting is done around the bonfire.