France from 10 Interesting Valentine's Day Traditions Around the World (Slideshow)

10 Interesting Valentine's Day Traditions Around the World (Slideshow)

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One of the strangest Valentine’s Day traditions is no longer allowed in France, but that doesn’t mean it shouldn’t be mentioned. Known as “drawing for,” unmarried men and women of all ages would enter houses facing each other and begin calling out to members of the opposite sex in an outdated courtship ritual, and if the men liked what they saw, they would “pair up.” In the instance that a man was not thrilled with the lady who answered his call, he’d simply leave and go to the next house. Ladies who got “dissed” like this would then congregate at the end of the night, angry and rejected, and set a huge bonfire so they could burn effigies of the men who scorned them. Because they’d often get too riled up, this “practice” was eventually banned.