How the World Celebrates Valentine’s Day

Valentines Day in CanadaIn 2016, the average Canadian spent $164 on Valentine’s Day. Their common choices of gifts are jewelry, tickets to a show or event, lingerie, flowers and chocolates. This is the general celebration of Valentine’s Day among Western countries like Canada, USA and Great Britain.

Although believes a romantic gesture makes it more special with a beautifully arranged bouquet of flowers, the celebration of Valentine’s Day in other countries have rituals that are more unconventional.

South Korea

South Korea has truly embraced the occasion as the country celebrates two Valentine’s Day. February 14th is for women to give gifts to men; then a month later on White Day, men will return the gesture. If you’re single, Black Day that falls on April 14th is for you. It’s a day to wear dark colours and eat black food to sympathize with other single people.


In Wales, nothing says “I love you” more than a spoon. Celebrated on January 25th, the Welsh Valentine’s Day has a rather odd tradition between couples to exchange ornately carved love spoons.


Pigs are popular among Germans during Valentine’s Day. They are on Valentine cards and embellished with flowers as a sign of good luck.


Not sure which of your crushes you’re going to end up with? Young women in Brazil write down the names of all their crushes, fold them and put them in a hat. Then whichever name they pick at random is supposedly the person they should marry.


In Slovenia, people celebrate Valentine’s Day in the fields since St. Valentine is a patron saint of spring in Slovenia. Instead of dates in fancy restaurants, Slovenians dedicate February 14th to start working on their fields and vineyards. 

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Whether it’s working in the fields or exchanging love spoons, Valentine’s Day has something for everyone. For the rest of us, flowers sends a message that more than words can say.