During the Sisters’ Meal Festival in Southwest China, which is their version of Valentine’s Day, the girls dress ornately and cook sticky rice in 4 different colors. The colors represent the 4 main seasons of the year, and the give the rice rolled in a handkerchief to suitors who have serenaded them.
The man sifts through the rice, and if he finds 2 red chopsticks, it means the girl likes him back. Only one chopstick means he has been politely turned down.
A garlic or chili means the girl was kind of rude about her rejection, and a girl who hasn’t made up her mind will put in a pine needle.