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Valentine's Day Around the World: Love Celebrations Globally


General Knowledge  •  7 Feb, 2024  •  71,277 Views  •  ⭐ 4.7

Written by Anand Swami


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Valentine's Day celebrated on February 14th, is synonymous with expressions of love and affection around the globe. However, the manner in which love is celebrated can vary significantly from one culture to another, offering a fascinating glimpse into the diverse tapestry of global traditions.

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From the exchange of gifts to unique customs and festivities, each culture adds its flavour to this special day. This article explores the myriad ways love is celebrated worldwide, inviting readers to incorporate some of these rich traditions into their own Valentine's Day celebrations to create unforgettable memories.

Japan: Chocolate with a Twist

Valentine's Day in Japan
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In Japan, Valentine's Day is celebrated with a unique twist that sees women giving chocolates to men, showcasing a role reversal from many Western traditions. This custom is divided into two distinct types of chocolates: 'Giri-choco' (obligation chocolate), which is given to male friends, colleagues, and bosses as a sign of respect or friendship, and 'Honmei-choco' (true love chocolate), which is reserved for boyfriends, lovers, or husbands, symbolizing true romantic feelings. The chocolates given are often handmade, signifying the effort and affection the giver has for the recipient.

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A month later, on White Day, men have the opportunity to return the favour. Traditionally, the return gifts are expected to be of higher value, often white-themed, such as white chocolate, marshmallows, or even jewellery, signifying a man's willingness to reciprocate the affection shown to him. This exchange fosters a playful yet meaningful dialogue between partners and friends, emphasizing the joy of giving and receiving.

South Korea: A Year of Love

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