Global dating rituals from another era


Lord of Penmai
Jul 5, 2011
Global dating rituals from another era

If you think dating is hard in modern times, here's a list of bizarre courting rituals that are bound to make you reconsider.

Spooning for love in Welsh
Since the 17th century, Welsh singles would exchange intricately carved wooden lovespoons, a sign of love and admiration, which would take hours to carve. Men would present these spoons to the lady they desired and if she accepted, it meant she felt the same.

Armed with an apple in Austria
In the 19th century in Austria, eligible women apparently would keep an apple slice under their armpits during a dance. At the end of the night, the girl would give her slice to the guy who caught her fancy. If the feeling was mutual, he would eat the stinky apple.

Nordic countries said it with knives
In Norway, when a girl came of age, her father would let it be known that she was available for marriage in a unique way. The girl would wear an empty sheath on her belt. If a suitor liked the girl, he would put a knife in the sheath, which the girl wore as a sign that she was betrothed.

Put a glove on it in England
Gentlemen in England would often sent a pair of gloves to their true love. If the woman wore the gloves to church on Sunday, it signalled her acceptance of the proposal.

A bundling board worked for Americans and Europeans
In the 16-17th century Europe and America, couples could sleep together - that is, they could spend the night talking, but they would sleep with a bundling board between them.

Did you know?
It is thought that we have the wedding cake, because in Europe during the 18th century, a biscuit or other small loaf of bread would be broken over the head of a bride as she walked out of the church. The unmarried people would then scramble to capture pieces of it to take home and place under their pillow to bring them good luck.

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