| THE LANGUAGE OF LOVE AROUND THE WORLD
Take a note from your global neighbours with these dating and relating customs around the world
Asia: Most young people live at home until they are married, and often, a newlywed couple will live with one person’s parents for a short while after marriage.
Australia: Women often ask men out on dates and pay for everything.
Columbia: If a woman is going on a first date with someone she doesn’t know, she’ll often bring a friend with her.
Finland: Teens go on large group dates, sometimes numbering 30 people for a movie outing.
Latin America: Whoever asks the other person on the date pays for the date.
Japan: On Valentine’s Day, women give gifts to men and a month later, on what’s known as White Day, the men reciprocate and give gifts to those same women.
Middle East: After a date, it’s assumed a man will bring the woman to the street curb (versus to her door, as tradition in North America). If the man is invited to come up to her door, it’s an invitation to come inside her home.
Northern India: Marriage is often pre-arranged, and dating doesn’t occur until parents pair up their child with what they deem a suitable match. Once a “couple” is introduced, they’re to let their parents know “yay” or “nay” within a few days, and once they give a green light, the courtship begins.
Spain: Young people join a group or a club with others who share their same interests. Once they pair off on one-on-one dates, the cost of the date is split between the couple.
Ukraine: A man will bring flowers for his date (sometimes a single stem) and when meeting her parents, will bring flowers for her mom. Something to note: on a date the man will bring an odd number of flowers (an even number of flowers is what’s brought to a funeral). On the date, a woman will hold onto a man’s arm instead of holding his hand.