Valentine's day is around the corner and candy hearts, chocolates boxes and cute mugs can be found in any shop you will cross. While in the UK and most of the European country, shops will be flooded with those lovely heart shaped chocolate boxes and teddy bears, other countries declare love in all different ways
Here is a look at how 10 countries celebrate Valentine’s Day traditions all around the world.
On the February 14th, Bulgarians are celebrating St Trijon Zarezan day which is also known as the Winemakers day. Therefore, couples celebrate their love with a glass of the nation’s delicious wine!
As in Japan, South Korea witnesses gifting of chocolates and candies from females to males. A month later, on White Day, men return the favor by giving candy. But that’s not the end of it—single friends sometimes get together on Black Day on April 14 to eat Jajangmyeon (= Black noodles)
On that day, Peruvians typically exchange orchids and not roses as they are native to Peru and start blossoming around this time of the year.
Based on a very ancient Roman annual festival named Lupercalia celebrated on February 15 to purify the city and release health & fertility, young women will pin the name of their crush on their sleeve for everyone to see.
The Chinese Festival of Love takes place on the 7th day of the the 7th month of the Chinese calendar and is celebrated following a tragic tale of two lovers who were forced apart due to their social status but could yet be reunited once a year.
The day of Love, Dia dos Namorados, is celebrated on the 12th June. The following day is celebrated St Anthony’s day, the patron saint of marriage. The night before, single women will write men’s names on pieces of paper then fold them up in the hope to marry them. In the morning, they pick one to reveal their future husbands.
Sponsored by the government as a form of public service, Valentine’s Day is often seen as a mass weddings where hundreds will tie the knot to unite with their loved ones.
More popular in the cities, loved ones will exchange gifts accompanied and declare their love in greetings cards. Many restaurants and venues will even make some offerings to promote the day.
The day of Love is celebrated in the summer and called Tu B’AvIt’s. It is supposed to be one of the happiest days of the year and is a popular day for marriages. Cards and flowers are swapped, music festivals pop up, and it’s not particularly religious.
Since 2007, the 14th February is also known as the National Chocolate Day in attempt to boost tourism in one of the world’s largest cocoa producing countries. Delicious and homemade chocolate, exhibitions and talks can be found all around the country.