You may think that Valentine’s Day is the same thing around the world, but think again. Every continent and every country has a different way to show love and affection, but in the end, it all comes to flowers and chocolate. So, let’s find out how people celebrate Valentine’s Day around the world.
There’s something that makes Filipinos special: they love to get married or renew their vows on Valentine’s Day. Even in shopping malls, or big squares – you’ll always find grooms and brides wandering around on 14 February. Get your cameras ready and enjoy a lot of weddings, all in the same day.
2) Finland & Estonia
Here, Valentine’s Day is more of a “Friend’s Day” rather than a romantic one. All friends exchange cards and little gifts greeting their friends and thanking for their friendship. Also, it’s a very popular day to get engaged or get married. But let’s start as friends, shall we?
In Wales, Valentine’s Day is on 25 January – and called St. Dwynwen’s Day. Welsh men used to carve wood-spoons for their loved ones, with symbols such as horseshoes for good luck or keys – to a man’s heart. Nowadays, this tradition is still alive, but only as wedding and anniversaries gifts. Isn’t this cute?
4) South Korea
They not only celebrate Valentine’s Day, but also have a day for those who are single – Black Day, on 14 April! On Valentine’s, girls usually give gifts to their partners and wait for a gift on 14 March. Then, on 14 April, the single ones get together to celebrate their day eating black noodles. Crazy!
With Carnaval in February, Brazil has a different season for Valentine’s Day – 12 Jun. On this day, couples usually exchange chocolates and a commitment silver ring, engraved with their names, to seal their relationship. Awn!