10 of the weirdest dating traditions from around the globe

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6. Charm ’em with chopsticks

One for the girls who struggle to put in to words how they really feel. At the Sisters’ Meal Festival in south west China, ladies show their true feelings with different symbols wrapped in handkerchiefs. A pair of chopsticks means ‘I love you too’, one chopstick means ‘no, thank you’ and a chilli is our equivalent of giving someone the finger or deleting them off Facebook. (Picture: Getty)

7. Spoonful of love sugar

The Welsh love a good spoon – so much so they used to give each other wooden love spoons as a symbol of their affection. These were ornate, hand-carved gifts and most girls would be over-the-spoon to receive one.

8. Wolf whistle

The Kickapoo Tribe in Mexico don’t see whistling as disrespectful to women but a necessity to stop others from hearing your romantic plans. Each couple create their own whistle language for a little romantic privacy from the rest of the village.

9. File down your gnashers

The thought of filing down your teeth may give you the same reaction as hearing a nail on a chalk board. But in Bali it is a fairly common tradition for men and women. It is believed teeth symbolise greed, lust and jealousy, so filing them down makes someone more spiritually beautiful and eligible for marriage.

10. Belt my heart

It was popular during the Italian Renaissance to give belts with sexy inscriptions to potential partners. What a great gift idea for next Valentine’s Day. MORE: History period – a look at menstruation through the ages in 15 fascinating facts MORE: 12 fascinating facts you never knew about balls MORE: Sex quiz: How good are you in bed?

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