Here’s 10 of the weirdest dating traditions from around the globe. Fat farms in West Africa In Mauritania some areas still have fat farms where older women in the village fatten up the young girls, ready to find a husband.
In West Africa, being fat is seen as being rich and important, so the young girls are force fed mountains of couscous and endless pints of milk. BO apples An old tradition in Austria saw ladies on the pull place segments of apple in their armpits and perform a special dance for the lads. Toilet torment in Borneo One tribe in Borneo ban newlyweds from leaving the house on their wedding day. This wee-ird tradition is said to bring good luck to couple’s marriage – and probably future bladder problems too. Blackening of the bride In Scotland, rubbish is thrown at the bride and groom before their big day.
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. 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.
The Indian population in Scotland is significant and there are more than 55,000 people of Asian origin living in Scotland.
With such a prosperous community, it’s no surprise that this has had an impact on the religious and cultural make-up of Scotland.
They are vibrant, living things, constantly growing and evolving, and every generation adds the thumbprint of its own particular Scottish culture to the whole.
Take, for example, the 60 Highland Games that still take place all across Scotland annually - those are a uniquely Scottish mix of culture, sports, music and community.
The Edinburgh Mela Festival and the Glasgow Mela both run over the course of a number of days in summer and offer Scotland’s population a chance to celebrate our multiculturalism in style.
The festivals are the perfect place for the Scottish population to enjoy a taste of India.
They would then give the sweaty bits of fruit to the guy they fancied and if the feeling was mutual he would eat the apple. They are then paraded around town and it is believed that if a couple can survive that escapade, their marriage can survive anything. Giving head Some Taiwanese would seduce their lovers with a severed head in the 19th century. Charm ’em with chopsticks One for the girls who struggle to put in to words how they really feel.
Men returning from battle would pick up a decapitated head off those they had defeated as a token of their love according to one source. At the Sisters’ Meal Festival in south west China, ladies show their true feelings with different symbols wrapped in handkerchiefs.
It is believed teeth symbolise greed, lust and jealousy, so filing them down makes someone more spiritually beautiful and eligible for marriage. Belt my heart It was popular during the Italian Renaissance to give belts with sexy inscriptions to potential partners.
However, Scottish traditions are not something sterile under glass and steel in a cold museum.
Numerous Hindu temples have been built across Scotland, including one in Glasgow’s West End and others in Edinburgh and Dundee.