Arranged marriages are customs that you don't see often in Western ideals. Arranged marriages are still very prevalent in many parts of South Asia. While, it is the norm for a couple to meet, get to know each other, fall in love and make the choice to be married to each in the United States, that is seen as somewhat deviant in today's culture in places such as India. Because of the popular culture that many of the West has grown up on, we see that marriage is sacred and that the only way to truly find your "one true love" is by your own processes and decisions. However, in India marriage is seen just as sacred, therefore the parents plan extensively to ensure that the marriages that are arranged are going to last forever (seeing as how divorce is very uncommon and looked down upon).
My one friend is Muslim and her family lives in the United States, but originally lived in Jordan. While, her family does not partake in many Muslim customs, they do not agree with her dating. They believe that the act of dating is useless, and while they have no set up an arranged marriage, I believe that they have Muslim boys in mind that they would like for her to marry. It's crazy to think how different certain ideals are all across the globe and how one thing that may seem perfectly normal to us is completely deviant to another culture.