How Do Different Parts of The World Celebrate Valentine's Day?
No culture around the world does things the same, and this also applies to Valentine’s Day.
In America, the Valentine’s Day customs are ones we learned and grew up with, but if one were to travel to a different part of the world, the traditions would be much different.
Some places that celebrate Valentine’s Day other than The United States of America are Australia, Germany, Britain, France, Italy, Japan, and Korea.
In America,this holiday has the most cards exchanged, right before Christmas. The children in elementary schools will give each other candy, which is standard, along with small cards, which have their names on them.
With the older crowd, chocolates, flowers, and letters are popular. They are used to represent a gift from the heart.
In Germany, the traditions are similar to here in America, but the letters and gifts are spread out throughout a prolonged amount of time, and not just all given on February 14.
“Valentine’s Day is not as typical as it is here in America, but people still give each other candy, flowers and sweets.” said Mrs. Langen, a language teacher here at South. “Children in elementary school do not give each other cards like they do here in America.”
In other countries such as Britain, along with the lovely poems and sweets, it is customary for children to sing special songs for the occasion. In return they get candy, or other treats of the sort.
Italy, also participates in the holiday. In the past, young people would conjugate in open air, listen to music, and read poetry. This tradition, however, has been outdated. Nowadays, Italy celebrates with a variety of treats, and many shops decorate with bon-bons and other fun, festive things that fit the holiday.
Japan, like America, is celebrated with gifts, but it is greatly different. On February 14, it is customary for the female to give a gift to the male, and on March 14, the male must return a gift (on what is known as ホワイトデー or “White Day”).
In Korea, the customs are much like that in Japan, where the female will give a gift to the male, and the male will return a gift on March 14. However, people with no romantic partner will go on a date with other single people, and this takes place on April 14.
Valentine’s Day is celebrated a little different all around the world, but the message of love is generally the same.