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How People around the World Celebrate Valentine's Day

Valentine's Day is celebrated all over the world. Enjoy learning some of the customs and traditions that are shared on this special day.


  • Step 1: Exchange of candy in Korea Exchange candy on February 14 to be like a girl in Korea. Only the girls give candy -- young men confess their love on March 14, known as "white day."
  • Step 2: Send snowdrop flowers Send snowdrop flowers to your friends and lover on Valentine's Day for a tradition from Denmark. Exchange romantic or funny poems if you're part of a young couple.
  • Step 3: Visit the temple Visit the "Temple of Matchmaker" if you're visiting China on Valentine's Day. Pray for a loved one, for happiness, or a possible marriage. Valentine's Day falls on the seventh day of the seventh Lunar month in the Chinese calendar.
  • TIP: In China, Valentine's Day is also known as "Seven Sister's Festival" and "Daughter's Festival."
  • Step 4: Exchange gift Exchange gifts with the one you are courting if following the custom in Spain. Husbands send beautiful bouquets of roses to their wives.
  • Step 5: Celebrate in Japan Celebrate Valentine's Day twice in Japan. Like in Korea, women give gifts to their loved one on February 14. Men pamper the ladies on March 14.
  • TIP: Chocolate is the most popular gift exchanged in Japan.
  • Step 6: Present flowers and cards Present flowers and cards to loved ones on Valentine's Day if you're in Australia. Over 90 percent of people between the ages of 18 to 24 celebrate the holiday in Australia. However you celebrate, have a happy Valentine's Day!
  • FACT: The World's first known printed Valentine card, published in 1797, is on display at the British Museum in London.

You Will Need

  • Greeting cards
  • Candy
  • Snowdrop flowers
  • Poems
  • Roses

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