Dating practices around the world

If it’s any consolation to the guy powering the Ferris wheel, sometimes there are zero single ladies in the village.

means nothing more than an arranged marriage, the practice itself is far more elaborate.

In the tradition of Valentine’s Day, let’s look at some cultures around the world—and the crazy stuff people do for love.

Love can make boys do crazy stuff, like sneaking up into a girl’s room in the dead of night—all the while risking arrest or a shotgun to the face by an angry father.

It is only when he asks his daughter to get cattle from her suitor that the father finally recognizes his existence.People of the Balinese village of Tenganan have taken fighting for love up a notch with their highly ritualized Usaba Sambah Festival.The event, which happens every May, is also a sort of coming-of-age rite for all the unmarried men of the village—and the perfect chance for them to attract the ladies.The men fight inside an arena, armed with the thorny leaves of the pandanus plant, and with only a bamboo shield to protect them.As one might surmise, blood flows freely among the combatants.

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