We’re more than half way through January, which means that February 14th or St Valentine’s Day is just around the corner. This is one of the busiest times of the year for florists in Australia, the UK, and the USA, but giving flowers to the one you love isn’t a worldwide phenomenon.
In other parts of the world, they show their love for one another in other ways and not simply on February 14th. So let’s take a quick peek at how other countries celebrate St Valentine’s Day.
In South Korea, men are also spoilt
In South Korea, they don’t just celebrate St Valentine’s Day on February 14th, but they keep on going until April 14th – for two entire months! This romantic celebration begins with ladies giving gifts to their men on February 14th, then the men reciprocate a month later on March 14th. This day is called White Day and men shower their ladies with luxury gifts. April 14th is called Black Day and is where single people who missed out on gifts gather together and eat a meal of black noodles and black bean sauce – some say this is to celebrate being single, others say it is to bemoan their single status.
Brazilians take it to another level
Instead of celebrating St Valentine’s Day on February 14th, Brazilians celebrate Lovers Day on June 12th. While they love to receive luxury gifts on this day, they also love celebrating this day with festivals and musical galas right across the country. Brazilians also include their love for family and friends in these celebrations, so everyone can join in the fun and gaiety.
The Philippines celebrate St Valentine’s Day with a mass wedding
On face value, Filipinos tend to celebrate their St Valentine’s Day on February 14th, just as we do with cards and chocolates, but it is there that the similarities end. This is because in the last few years they have begun to celebrate St Valentine’s Day with mass weddings, where 1000’s of couples make their vows together at the same time.
The Welsh celebrate St Dwynwen’s Day
Instead of celebrating St Valentine’s Day, the Welsh celebrate St Dwynwen’s Day on January 25th. This day is based on a legend about a princess who falls in love with a most unsuitable young man. Distraught she runs away to the forests where she meets an angel who gives her a potion to cool her love for her beau. Unfortunately, this potion turns him into a block of ice, but after being granted 3 wishes – she retreats to a life as a nun. For some reason the Welsh give each other carved wooden spoons to celebrate this day.
Valentine’s Day is all about our significant others. How it’s celebrated doesn’t matter much as long as you express your affection to them, be it through some obscure tradition or celebrating in a conventional way like giving flowers or just having a simple dinner date. Since St. Valentine’s Day is fast approaching, you can order Valentines Day flowers from FreshFlowers.com.au and it will be delivered to you or your significant other.