Have you ever wondered how other cultures celebrate Valentine’s Day? Does everyone give gifts? Is it always celebrated by couples, or do some cultures celebrate with family? What about special unique traditions, they must differ from country to country? Do some countries celebrate Valentine’s at all?
In China, the equivalent of Valentine’s Day is the ‘Qixi Festival’, meaning “The Night of the Seven”. Celebrated in early August, on the seventh day of the seventh lunar month, the tradition recalls an old ancestral ‘love tragedy’ story that has been passed from generation to generation for centuries.
The Koreans celebrate similarly to the Japanese, incorporating “White Day”, however, for those not so lucky with love will observe “Black Day” on April 14 when single people get together to eat Jajanghmyeon Noodles, which are black, and to share in their pity! Most dress in black too…
The world of flowers! Famous for its beautiful flowers, Taiwan, boasts the most romantic celebration in the world. Valentine’s Day is celebrated twice a year here, February 14 and July 7 and the men are expected to give flowers to their beloved one, depending on how many flowers are given and what colour they are, reflects an important message…
Known as ‘ the land of poets’, Chileans are really romantic too. Valentine’s Day in Chile is looked upon greatly by lovers. It’s typical to walk around the city and see decorations all around the shops, malls and streets that are beautifully decorated with balloons, flowers and heart garlands.
Paris, ‘the city of love’, is pretty much the world capital of Valentine’s Day. Lovers in France give letters and cards, a world-wide tradition that claims its origins in France. History says that the Duke of Orleans, Charles, wrote his first Valentine’s card because he signed his poem as ‘Your Valentine’.