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Top 10 Valentine Traditions from around the World!

Flower and chocolates? Or pigs and mass weddings? The weird and wonderful ways different cultures around the world celebrate this romantic time of year! 

1. Taiwan

Mass wedding ceremonies have gained popularity in the Taiwan in recent years, leading hundreds of couples to gather at malls or other public areas around the country on valentines day to get married or renew their vows en masse!

2. Germany

German valentines celebrations are very similar to the rest of Europe however one unexpected addition to cards and presents are pigs, which are a German symbol of lust and love! 

3. South Korea

In South Korea the 14th day of every month is dedicated to different aspect of love. For example, May is Rose Day, October is Wine Day, June is Kiss Day and December is Hug Day. On February 14th it is traditional for women to give gifts such as flowers and chocolate and in March, on White Day, men return the favour by showering the girl with sweets. Interestingly April is referred to as Black day when single people get together and eat Black Bean Noodles! 

4. Estonia

In Estonia February 14 is called ‘Friend’s Day’, so single, lovelorn people don’t feel left out. That means everyone’s a winner thanks to nice presents offered between friends and family members! 

5. Ghana 

Ghanaians have adopted many of the same Valentines traditions as other parts of the world, however, since 2007 February 14th has been referred to as “National Chocolate Day”. Ghana is one of the world’s largest cocoa exporters and this idea aims to promote the country using museum exhibits and even special chocolate themed restaurant menus! 

6. Thailand 

This year in Thailand couples are competing to win the award for the worlds longest dance marathon! They are aiming to break the Guinness World Record set by a Mexican couple in 2008 of 35 hours.The couples have to dance and move their feet continuously in three different rhythms: waltz, cha cha cha and rumba.

7. China 

The equivalent to Valentine’s Day in China is Qixi, or the Seventh Night Festival, which falls on the seventh day of the seventh lunar month each year. During Qixi, young women prepare offerings of melon and other fruits to Zhinu in hopes of finding a good husband!

8. Argentina 

In Argentina, one day just isn’t enough to celebrate Valentines and they often take a whole week to celebrate the occasion. In addition to February 14th they set aside seven days in July for “sweetness week.”

9. South Africa 

Young South Africans celebrate Valentine’s Day in South Africa by pinning the name of their valentine to their sleeve, in a tradition that is known in the country as Lupercalia. Lupercalia was an ancient, possibly pre-Roman pastoral festival, celebrated between February 13 through 15 to avert evil spirits and purify the city, releasing health and fertility!

10. Denmark

In Denmark, secret admirers send the objects of their desire funny little poems called Gaekkebrev which they intricately cut into. However, rather than signing their name the only clue to their identity is a dot representing each letter of his name. If the recipient guesses who the poem is from, they earn themselves an Easter egg on Easter. If she can’t guess it she has to give the man an egg!






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