This article is pretty cute. Or at least I would probably think so if I was in a hand-holding place right now.
At the very beginning of what would eventually turn into a fully-fledged relationship, I once reached for someone's hand when we ran into each other unexpectedly. He yanked his hand away. I remember being totally stunned by the social politics of it, especially since this particular guy was given to kissing his female friends on the cheek in greeting. Kissing me on the cheek would have been okay, but holding hands -- it's simply not the done thing!
For the record, we did eventually become that couple -- the one that wanders through the park holding hands.