Valentine Traditions Around the World

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Carina Sofelkanik, Staff Writer

Valentine’s Day is a traditional holiday of love experienced all around the world. You know when the “season of love” is here whether you are single or not. Lovebirds and singles globally celebrate this holiday in many fun, creative ways. In the United States, couples typically spend their day together to give gifts of chocolate, teddy bears and heart shaped cards. A popular Danish Valentine’s Day tradition is the exchange of “lover’s cards.” Lover’s cards were originally transparent cards and had a picture of the card giver as a gift to their significant other. The tradition has changed to giving any card on Valentine’s Day. A Valentine’s Day tradition in France is the loterie d’amour, or “drawing for love.” Each year, men and women gather in homes and take turns calling out to one another to become a couple. The women left unmatched after this event would gather afterward for a bonfire. Women would “burn” men who have wronged them by placing their pictures in the bonfire. Valentine’s Day is also a popular holiday for young couples in South Korea, and there are many variations of this treasured holiday throughout the months of spring. On February 14th, women give those they love chocolates, candies and flowers. On March 14th, a holiday known as White Day, men give their sweethearts chocolates, flowers, and a gift. It is also a custom for women in South Africa to pin the names of their love interest on their shirtsleeves. No matter where you are, the festivities of Valentine’s Day are full of love and generosity. Single or taken, enjoy the love!