It’s no secret that we love hearing about different holiday traditions around the world. With Valentine’s Day around the corner, we decided to take a look at how five different countries celebrate love. Keep reading, and maybe you’ll be inspired to bring some of these traditions into your own celebration!
Valentine’s Day Around the World
At the time of the Australian gold rush, thanks to a surge in cash, Australians were known to spend a pretty penny on Valentine’s Day presents. A popular gift among the Aussies? A satin pillow decorated with flowers and colorful seashells. How extravagant!
A fun tradition among the Danish is called gaekkebrev (aka “joking letter”). Here’s what you do: write a silly limerick or rhyme and send it anonymously to your Valentine. Instead of signing the note, write a series of dots, one dot for each letter of your name. If the recipient is able to guess your name, you owe them an egg on Easter!
Valentine’s Day used to be celebrated as an outdoor Spring Festival where couples would often announce their engagements. However, this tradition is no longer observed. Don’t feel too bad, we hear that today, exchanging bon-bons and large amounts of chocolate is how Italians typically celebrate Valentine’s Day. Yum!
In Japan and some other Asian countries, the women turn the tables! On February 14th, women give chocolate to their male friends. The following month, on March 14th, men return the favor by giving white chocolate to the women. Everybody wins!
On February 14 in South Africa, you may see young women wearing the name of their sweethearts pinned to their sleeves. The tradition is called Lupercalia, and comes from an ancient Roman festival. Often, this is how the wearer reveals her feelings for the first time. What a nice Valentine’s surprise!
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