In the tradition of Valentine’s Day, let’s look at some cultures around the world—and the crazy stuff people do for love.
S., we have very few dating traditions (the man pays, the man opens the door) and even those we are quickly getting rid of, deeming them antiquated and sexist.
But in other countries, dating traditions are alive and well! Shutterstock In Japan, on Valentine’s Day the girls are to buy the boys chocolate and the boys just sit back and receive.
That person expects you’re probably exploring other options.
But in France, the “relationship” begins at that first kiss, or even the moment interest is first expressed.
Shutterstock The very casual tone of everything in Australia extends to dating.
Whereas in the states, asking someone out via text message may seem like a cop out, in Australia it’s completely normal and expected that a man should do most courtship via text message.
But the service is strict: people get to meet three times, supervised, and upon the third time they must decide to marry or never see each other again.
Shutterstock In the states, kissing someone means almost nothing.
Shutterstock Surprisingly, the way courtship looks in South Korea is the complete opposite of what the marriage will look like.
It’s common to see a South Korean man carrying around his girlfriend’s purse, or walking her teacup dog, or in many ways being subservient.
For the men of Bhutan, this tradition has been ingrained in their culture for the longest time—a form of courtship known as “night hunting.” Formally known as “bomena,” night hunting started in the eastern rural areas of Bhutan, and involved a man who would sneak up into a girl’s room and spend the night there.