Amish dating customs
They take the bible literally, referring to passages such as: “Submit yourself unto your husband as unto the Lord” (Ephesians ); and “A woman should learn in quietness and full submission” (I Timothy ).
They do this because they believe that by this age, a person is able to independently make a choice to pledge himself to the Amish faith, because he wants to, not because his parents did it for him when he was young.Meals are not only a good way to feed yourself, but they are also a great means for socializing in the Amish community.Often times, meals are eaten together in a potluck style, where everyone brings a dish and shares it with the rest of the diners.Being away from their parents, the teens have complete freedom to go and try whatever they want.While most end up maybe trying a few puffs of a cigarette or going to a dance club before deciding that kind of life is not for them, others end up going wild and experimenting with more dangerous activities.This comes from the early days of the Amish, when every outsider who they would come in contact with was an Englishman who spoke English.
As we’ve said before, the Amish typically want no part of the outside world, or “The Devil’s Playground” as they call it.
Eventually, William Penn offered them a place to call home in Pennsylvania, USA.
Some of the largest Amish communities are still living in Pennsylvania, while others have branched out to form communities of their own other states such as Ohio and Nebraska.
After they are through, the teens can choose to either come back to their communities to be baptized to stay forever within the faith, or be shunned and live out the rest of their lives in the modern world.
During Rumshpringa, Amish teens go out into the world to get their first tastes of what life is like for the non-Amish.
When an Amish teen reaches the ages of 14-16, they are given the option of going on Rumshpringa (“running around” in English).