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7 Valentine's Day Traditions Around the World

Valentine's Day is a special occasion celebrated around the world on February 14th, and it's a day to express love and affection to those closest to our hearts. However, the way this holiday is celebrated varies greatly from country to country. Here are some of the most interesting Valentine's Day traditions from around the world:

1. Japan

Valentine's Day is celebrated by women giving chocolates to men, with two different types: "giri choco," which is given to colleagues and acquaintances, and "honmei choco," which is given to a romantic partner. Men then return the favor a month later on White Day.

2. South Korea

In a similar tradition to Japan where women gift men chocolate.  But a month later, men will give these gifts in return to the women on White Day on March 14. Also, there is a Black Day for single people, where they will eat black bean noodles, Jajangmyeon, to commiserate their single-hood.

3. Italy

Valentine's Day is celebrated by giving gifts and flowers to loved ones, but the tradition of giving "La fettunta" is unique. It is a slice of grilled bread that is rubbed with garlic and drizzled with olive oil, which is given as a token of love.

4. Denmark

Valentine's Day is celebrated uniquely by giving "gaekkebrev" which is a love letter written in rhyme and signed with dots instead of a name. If the recipient can guess the sender, they receive an Easter egg.

5. France

Valentine's Day is a day to express love and affection through the exchange of cards, chocolates, and flowers. Paris is the city of love for a reason. They are particularly romantic on this day with many couples enjoying a romantic dinner at one of the city's famous restaurants.

6. China

Qixi Festival, also known as Chinese Valentine's Day is celebrated on the 7th day of the 7th lunar month. It is said to be the day when the cowherd and the weaver girl, two lovers who were separated by the gods, are allowed to meet again.

7. Philippines

Valentine's Day is also celebrated by giving gifts and flowers, but in addition, couples will participate in "mass weddings" where many couples will get married at the same time in a large ceremony.

Valentine's Day is a special occasion to express our love and affection for the people closest to us. While the traditions may vary from, the sentiment remains the same. Whether you're in Japan, South Korea, Italy, Denmark, France, China or the Philippines, Valentine's Day is a day to celebrate love and make lasting memories with the ones you love!


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