The girls of the Miao ethnic group in Southwest China have a very unique method of communicating their love.
During their Sisters’ Meal Festival in April—which is their equivalent of Valentine’s Day—the girls dress ornately and cook lots of sticky rice in four different colors, with the colors representing the four main seasons of the year.
Far from being liberal, the father is actually quite strict in doing this—by building the hut he does not allow the suitor into his home, nor does he acknowledge the courtship.
It is only when he asks his daughter to get cattle from her suitor that the father finally recognizes his existence.
Meanwhile, the unmarried girls—far from being squeamish—are usually eagerly watching the action.
To ensure they get the best view, the girls are placed on a foot-powered Ferris wheel (you read that right) that stops turning only when all the men have finished fighting—a process that takes several hours.
Being in love can make people do the strangest things.
If caught, he would have to either marry the girl or work it off on the girl’s family’s fields.
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.
If he finds two red chopsticks, then good news: It means the girl likes him back.
If it’s only one chopstick, then the girl has politely turned him down.