Valentine’s Around the World


Autumn Lee, Journalist

Yesterday, February 14, 2018 was Valentine’s day. As most people know Valentine’s day is the day of love and giving sweets and gifts to your loved ones. Others know it as the feast of St. Valentine. Some may consider Valentine’s day as a day for singles to feel alone. Others may consider it to be a holiday created by Hallmark to increase their interest in the Spring.  However, in other parts of the world people have different conceptions.

        Around the world residence have a variety of different traditions. In Denmark for instance, rather that roses sweethearts and friends exchange pressed white flowers called snowdrops. Also, Danish men give women gaekkebrev, which is often a rhyme or funny poem intricately ct and signed with anonymous dots. In South Korea, there are three days of gift-giving starting on February 14th, the first is Valentine’s day. On February 14, it’s up to women to woo their men with chocolates, candies and flowers. On March 14th, a holiday known as White Day is celebrated, where men not only shower their sweethearts with chocolates and flowers, but up the ante with a gift. And for those who don’t have much to celebrate on either Valentine’s Day or White Day, there is a third holiday: Black Day. On April 14th, it’s customary for singles to mourn their solitary status by eating dark bowls of jajangmyeon, or black bean-paste noodles. In Wales, they do not celebrate St. Valentine at all instead they celebrate St. Dwynwen. A romantic tradition in Wales is the giving of a love spoon. Dating back to the 17th century men have carved symbols into wooden spoons as a token of affection for their loved ones. The tradition is still carried out today! In England women used to place five bay leaves on their pillow, to bring them dreams of their future husbands. In the Philippines vow renewals are often a popular tradition on Valentine’s day. Many couples often chose Valentine’s as a day to get married and masses of weddings will preside all across the country. A Valentine’s Day tradition for young Italians is for unmarried girls to wake up before dawn and try to spot their future husband. In South Africa, women wear their hearts on their sleeves. Women will write their love interest on the heart and men are able to learn of their secret admirers.