7 Unusual Valentine’s Day Traditions from Around the World
Posted by GreaterGoodness
Valentine’s Day may have begun in the west, but it’s now celebrated in nearly every nation in the world. But it seems cupid’s arrow never strikes the same way. Each culture has their own customs and traditions, some of which might surprise you!
Take a look at these unique Valentine’s Day traditions from around the world, and consider adopting a few yourself!
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In Japan, women give chocolates to nearly all the men in their lives on Valentine’s Day — but men don’t return the favor until a month later! On March 14th, a holiday known as White Day, men present gifts to their admirers that are 2 or 3 times more valuable than a simple box of chocolates.
Women are also the primary gift givers in Korea, but even the single folks get to celebrate the day of love. On April 14, those who didn’t get any Valentine’s Day gifts meet at restaurants, eat black noodles and “celebrate” the single life.
In Denmark, snowdrop flowers rather than roses are the classic gift. Lovers — especially young ones — often exchange romantic or funny poems, too.
Chinese Valentine’s Day is also known as the Qixi Festival, and falls on the seventh day of the seventh lunar month. On this day, young girls pay a visit to their local temple to pray for wisdom and other traditional talents of a good spouse. They make wishes for a happy love life and pray to meet a good and loving husband.
In Germany, big, heart-shaped cookies decorated with loving words are a popular Valentine’s Day gift. Some even have a ribbon attached so they can be worn like a necklace!
For centuries, the Welsh people have celebrated St. Dwynwen’s Day on January 25th, on which men give women a “love spoon” as a token of their affection. These wooden spoons used to be carved by hand and included elaborate designs on the handle.
In Finland, February 14th is less about romance and more about friendship. In fact, the holiday is more commonly known as Friend’s Day. People exchange cards and small gifts with all the loved ones in their lives.
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