If you think that your Valentine's Day traditions are a bit strange, then wait till you hear what other cultures around the world do to celebrate this day of love.
Valentine's Day is a celebration that, no matter where you live in the world, you can always expect to be bombarded with sugar-sweet cards and heart-shaped chocolates.
But did you know that some pretty wild traditions take place all over the world?
Many of them are quite romantic!
Let’s take a look at some of these unique Valentine’s Day traditions from around the globe.
In Argentina, the traditional February 14th Valentine's Day holiday is not celebrated. Instead, Argentinians celebrate “the week of sweetness” in July. It’s the day when lovers exchange kisses and receive chocolates and other sweets. In the country, the day started as a commercial invention but later became Valentine’s tradition. Who wouldn't want a whole week of sweetness?
In Denmark, rather than giving roses or chocolates, couples often exchange pressed white flowers called "Snowdrops." The white petals symbolize innocence while the yellow centers stand for hope - making them a fitting gift for anyone celebrating love this Valentine's season!
In Japan, Valentine's Day is celebrated with a unique twist - it’s women who give gifts to men! On February 14th, women give chocolate to all the special people in their lives - their parents, friends, coworkers - and to those special romantic interests too. The concept has become so popular that there are now two kinds of chocolate: one for friends and family (giri choco) and one for romantic interests (honmei choco).
In the Philippines, Valentine’s Day is the time when many young couples marry in an event sponsored by the government as a form of public service. Among the most amazing Valentine’s Day celebrations around the world, this one is a gala event in the country and a special day for young people. Apart from Christmas, Valentine’s Day is considered to be one of the biggest and most commercialized holidays in the Philippines. It might not be an official holiday, but Valentine’s Day might as well be!
In South Korea, couples celebrate White Day on March 14th. In this tradition, men give gifts like candy or jewelry to show appreciation for all the presents they received from women on Valentine’s Day, February 14th. It is said that white represents purity and sincerity in Korean culture - which makes White Day a perfect opportunity for men to express their admiration and appreciation for those they love!
Valentine's Day has been celebrated for centuries all over the world in many different ways. No matter which tradition you choose to follow this year just remember one thing: love will always find a way!
So why not make it a bit more interesting by taking part in one of these unique international celebrations? Who knows - maybe it will inspire some unforgettable memories along the way!
Happy Valentine's Day!