How Valentine’s Day is celebrated around the world

February 05, 2024

By Usa Travel Trip

With Valentine’s day on the way and a little bit of romance is just so uplifting. Have you ever wondered how this day is celebrated around the world?  

Wales, UK

A nation famed for its passion, the Welsh celebrate love on January 25th – St Dwynwen’s Day. Intricately carved wooden spoons, known as lovespoons, are often exchanged between lovers in a tradition that dates from the 16th century. 

Valencia, Spain

For Valencians the most romantic day of the year falls on 9th October, the Day of Saint Dionysius, the patron saint of love. 

South Korea

The romantic South Koreans celebrate love on the 14th of every month – not just February! These days include May’s Rose Day, June’s Kiss Day, December’s Hug Day and April’s Black Day when singletons congregate to console themselves over Jajangmyeon – black noodles. 

South Africa

Based on the ancient Roman festival of Lupercalia, young women will pin the name of their crush to their sleeve for all to see. 


Celebrated on the 24th of February, Dragobete, also known as ‘The day the birds are betrothed,’ is a mixture of Valentine’s Day & a celebration of Spring. 


Valentine’s Day is a popular occasion for mass weddings where hundreds, sometimes even thousands, will tie the knot in unison. 


Whilst in most nations it is the women that are spoilt on Valentine’s Day, in Japan it is the men that receive gifts of chocolate. It is not until March 14th, known as White Day that men can choose to return the favour. 

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