If trying to find the love of your life online seems a tad odd, you should know that it’s not the strangest dating ritual out there.Call me a romantic, but I’ve always been deeply interested in how people express their love.In some societies, the parents or community propose potential partners and then allow limited dating to determine whether the parties are suited.
It even has an Urban Dictionary entry and the meaning hasn’t changed much, either.
Courtship is the period of development towards an intimate relationship wherein a couple get to know each other and decide if there will be an engagement, followed by a marriage.
When our late night girly chats turned to the delicate subject of love, I was surprised that not all of us had the same traditions.
With that in mind, here are just four dating rituals from around the world. For most of us, taking this leap only comes when we’re completely secure in the relationship, i.e.
Before this utterance, the couple can only be platonic.
There’s no such thing as seeing each other or merely hooking up.
The Welsh “love spoon” isn’t complete without intricate detail adorning its wooden shaft.
The ritual actually dates way back to the 16th century when men and women could not so freely date as they can now.
Courtship may be completely omitted, as in cases of some arranged marriages where the couple do not meet before the wedding.