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10 Interesting Valentine's Day Traditions Around the World (Slideshow)

10 Interesting Valentine's Day Traditions Around the World (Slideshow)

Learn how the world says ‘I love you’ on Valentine’s Day

One of the strangest Valentine’s Day traditions is no longer allowed in France, but that doesn’t mean it shouldn’t be mentioned. Known as “drawing for,” unmarried men and women of all ages would enter houses facing each other and begin calling out to members of the opposite sex in an outdated courtship ritual, and if the men liked what they saw, they would “pair up.” In the instance that a man was not thrilled with the lady who answered his call, he’d simply leave and go to the next house. Ladies who got “dissed” like this would then congregate at the end of the night, angry and rejected, and set a huge bonfire so they could burn effigies of the men who scorned them. Because they’d often get too riled up, this “practice” was eventually banned.

France

One of the strangest Valentine’s Day traditions is no longer allowed in France, but that doesn’t mean it shouldn’t be mentioned. Because they’d often get too riled up, this “practice” was eventually banned.

Germany

Known as “Valentinstag,” V-Day in Germany is similar to that in England, France and the U.S., with cards, flowers and candies being exchanged by loved ones as the central theme; however, a couple of unique nuances to the celebration exist. The first is the pig as a symbol of luck and lust. You’ll find pig-adorned items across Germany in mid-February, along with the other German Valentine’s Day staple, oversized ginger cookies (often iced with rather direct messages of “love”).

Mexico

In Mexico, Valentine’s Day is also known as “dia del amor y la amistad,” or, “day of love and friendship,” so it takes on a broader tone of revelry and celebration for more than just significant others. An old tradition still exists where teenage boys and girls, in groups divided by sex, will walk past each other in a park while heading in opposite directions. If a boy likes one of the girls, he’ll hand her a flower. If the girl is still holding the flower when they pass each other later, it means she likes him back. (I say just cut to the chase and ask her out!) Mexicans also enjoy covering the cars of couples with Post-It notes with expressions of love written on them.

Japan

In Japan, Valentine’s Day is marked by women, and only women, presenting gifts of chocolate to their male co-workers and loved ones. Thankfully for the ladies, another holiday falls exactly one month later known as “White Day” that calls for gifts two-to-three-times as valuable to be presented to any woman who gives you chocolate on V-Day. Talk about a fast return on investment.

South Korea

Taking it one step further from Japan’s women’s-only gift-giving on V-Day and the sequel one month later on March 14’s White Day, Koreans add another holiday to their calendar as a third (and fairly depressing) follow-up: April 14’s “Black Day.” Those who received no gifts on either of the first two holidays go to out to eat black noodles as a symbol of their sad single life (but, hey, at least they taste good). Another interesting fact: the 14th of every month is celebrated as a different loved-themed holiday in South Korea.

Taiwan

Here, they do the opposite of what is done in Japan and Korea: only men give gifts on Valentine’s Day, and the women reciprocate on the following month’s White Day. There’s also 7/7 Day, which falls on the seventh day of the seventh month of the Chinese lunar calendar, which is marked by dancing and ritualistic burning of incense.

South Africa

Weeklong celebrations take place in South Africa paying homage to the ancient Roman love festival, Lupercalia, which doesn’t relate directly to Valentine’s Day except for falling at roughly the same time of year. Women wear the name of the man they admire on their sleeve, literally pinned there, in hopes that he’ll notice and possess a similar sentiment. Much like everywhere else V-Day is observed, there’s also an abundance of dining out and flower/candy exchanges.

Sweden

Translated to “All Hearts Day,” Sweden’s version of February 14th festivities is essentially a rip-off of the Western world’s -- full of candies (jelly hearts, anyone?), cards, boxes of pastries and chocolate, and, of course, floral arrangements. Keep in mind, the holiday was ignited by the flower industry in the 1960s for purely commercial interests.

Ireland

Valentine’s Day is based on none other than St. Valentine, whose remains are rumored to be cloistered in Dublin, Ireland’s Carmelite Church. The macabre “gift” was bestowed to the church in 1835 by Pope Gregory XVI, making the unassuming building on Whitefriar Street an interesting, albeit somewhat creepy, attraction on V-Day.

United States

Is there anything more interesting than an entire nation swept up in a love-and-consumerism-induced hysteria? The U.S. leads the world in spending on the February 14th holiday, at well over $100 per person on average. Roses are the most popular gift for adults, and children are encouraged to bring cards to school to exchange with their classmates.


Valentine’s Traditions From Around The World

Valentine&rsquos Day can be stigmatized as a commercial holiday meant to help sell cards, flowers and candy. However, it&rsquos interesting to know that the tradition of Valentine&rsquos Day has vestiges that date back centuries before Christ and takes on various forms all over the world. While the notion of expressing one&rsquos love on Valentine&rsquos Day is basically the same, different countries have their own traditions for this beloved holiday.

Photo Credit Thinkstock.com

Another tradition in Italy&rsquos Valentine&rsquos Day history was the notion that the first man a girl sees on Valentine&rsquos Day would be the man (or look like the man) she would marry within a year. Unmarried girls would wake up extra early to sit by their window to look for men who walked by.

While the candy tradition in the United States usually consists of some sort of heart-shaped box of assorted candies, the traditional candy gift for Valentine&rsquos Day in Italy is a chocolate-covered hazelnut called a Baci Perugina. The candy is accompanied with a small piece of paper that contains romantic poems in four different languages.

Photo Credit JUNG YEON-JE/AFP/Getty Images

The actual Valentine&rsquos Day holiday tradition is meant for only women to be the givers of chocolate to their significant other and the following month it&rsquos the men&rsquos turn. March 14 is named White Day and men are meant to give their female counterpart a non-chocolate candy. April 14 is marked as Black Day and is geared towards those who are not in a relationship. The tradition for Black Day is for single people to mourn their single lives, hence the name of the holiday. Single people are supposed to eat jajangmyeon noodles, which are black in color, on April 14. While the tradition of women giving chocolate to their partners on Valentine&rsquos Day is a widespread tradition in Eastern Asian countries, South Korea takes the tradition a step further than other countries with a bigger amount of chocolate given.

Photo Credit Mark Large - WPA Pool/Getty Images

While many countries’ citizens deliver handwritten notes and poems to their significant others on Valentine&rsquos Day, paper Valentine&rsquos were so popular in England during the 19th Century that they gave way to the production of mass-produced greeting cards we see today. In earlier times, a tradition for women the night before Valentine&rsquos Day was to secure four bay leaves to each corner of their pillow before sleeping and to eat hard boiled eggs with salt while removing the yokes. This tradition was meant to provoke dreams of their future husbands on Valentine&rsquos Day eve. Women would also write names on pieces of paper wrapped in clay balls to be dropped into water and the ball that rose to the surface first would be their future husband.


Valentine’s Traditions From Around The World

Valentine&rsquos Day can be stigmatized as a commercial holiday meant to help sell cards, flowers and candy. However, it&rsquos interesting to know that the tradition of Valentine&rsquos Day has vestiges that date back centuries before Christ and takes on various forms all over the world. While the notion of expressing one&rsquos love on Valentine&rsquos Day is basically the same, different countries have their own traditions for this beloved holiday.

Photo Credit Thinkstock.com

Another tradition in Italy&rsquos Valentine&rsquos Day history was the notion that the first man a girl sees on Valentine&rsquos Day would be the man (or look like the man) she would marry within a year. Unmarried girls would wake up extra early to sit by their window to look for men who walked by.

While the candy tradition in the United States usually consists of some sort of heart-shaped box of assorted candies, the traditional candy gift for Valentine&rsquos Day in Italy is a chocolate-covered hazelnut called a Baci Perugina. The candy is accompanied with a small piece of paper that contains romantic poems in four different languages.

Photo Credit JUNG YEON-JE/AFP/Getty Images

The actual Valentine&rsquos Day holiday tradition is meant for only women to be the givers of chocolate to their significant other and the following month it&rsquos the men&rsquos turn. March 14 is named White Day and men are meant to give their female counterpart a non-chocolate candy. April 14 is marked as Black Day and is geared towards those who are not in a relationship. The tradition for Black Day is for single people to mourn their single lives, hence the name of the holiday. Single people are supposed to eat jajangmyeon noodles, which are black in color, on April 14. While the tradition of women giving chocolate to their partners on Valentine&rsquos Day is a widespread tradition in Eastern Asian countries, South Korea takes the tradition a step further than other countries with a bigger amount of chocolate given.

Photo Credit Mark Large - WPA Pool/Getty Images

While many countries’ citizens deliver handwritten notes and poems to their significant others on Valentine&rsquos Day, paper Valentine&rsquos were so popular in England during the 19th Century that they gave way to the production of mass-produced greeting cards we see today. In earlier times, a tradition for women the night before Valentine&rsquos Day was to secure four bay leaves to each corner of their pillow before sleeping and to eat hard boiled eggs with salt while removing the yokes. This tradition was meant to provoke dreams of their future husbands on Valentine&rsquos Day eve. Women would also write names on pieces of paper wrapped in clay balls to be dropped into water and the ball that rose to the surface first would be their future husband.


Valentine’s Traditions From Around The World

Valentine&rsquos Day can be stigmatized as a commercial holiday meant to help sell cards, flowers and candy. However, it&rsquos interesting to know that the tradition of Valentine&rsquos Day has vestiges that date back centuries before Christ and takes on various forms all over the world. While the notion of expressing one&rsquos love on Valentine&rsquos Day is basically the same, different countries have their own traditions for this beloved holiday.

Photo Credit Thinkstock.com

Another tradition in Italy&rsquos Valentine&rsquos Day history was the notion that the first man a girl sees on Valentine&rsquos Day would be the man (or look like the man) she would marry within a year. Unmarried girls would wake up extra early to sit by their window to look for men who walked by.

While the candy tradition in the United States usually consists of some sort of heart-shaped box of assorted candies, the traditional candy gift for Valentine&rsquos Day in Italy is a chocolate-covered hazelnut called a Baci Perugina. The candy is accompanied with a small piece of paper that contains romantic poems in four different languages.

Photo Credit JUNG YEON-JE/AFP/Getty Images

The actual Valentine&rsquos Day holiday tradition is meant for only women to be the givers of chocolate to their significant other and the following month it&rsquos the men&rsquos turn. March 14 is named White Day and men are meant to give their female counterpart a non-chocolate candy. April 14 is marked as Black Day and is geared towards those who are not in a relationship. The tradition for Black Day is for single people to mourn their single lives, hence the name of the holiday. Single people are supposed to eat jajangmyeon noodles, which are black in color, on April 14. While the tradition of women giving chocolate to their partners on Valentine&rsquos Day is a widespread tradition in Eastern Asian countries, South Korea takes the tradition a step further than other countries with a bigger amount of chocolate given.

Photo Credit Mark Large - WPA Pool/Getty Images

While many countries’ citizens deliver handwritten notes and poems to their significant others on Valentine&rsquos Day, paper Valentine&rsquos were so popular in England during the 19th Century that they gave way to the production of mass-produced greeting cards we see today. In earlier times, a tradition for women the night before Valentine&rsquos Day was to secure four bay leaves to each corner of their pillow before sleeping and to eat hard boiled eggs with salt while removing the yokes. This tradition was meant to provoke dreams of their future husbands on Valentine&rsquos Day eve. Women would also write names on pieces of paper wrapped in clay balls to be dropped into water and the ball that rose to the surface first would be their future husband.


Valentine’s Traditions From Around The World

Valentine&rsquos Day can be stigmatized as a commercial holiday meant to help sell cards, flowers and candy. However, it&rsquos interesting to know that the tradition of Valentine&rsquos Day has vestiges that date back centuries before Christ and takes on various forms all over the world. While the notion of expressing one&rsquos love on Valentine&rsquos Day is basically the same, different countries have their own traditions for this beloved holiday.

Photo Credit Thinkstock.com

Another tradition in Italy&rsquos Valentine&rsquos Day history was the notion that the first man a girl sees on Valentine&rsquos Day would be the man (or look like the man) she would marry within a year. Unmarried girls would wake up extra early to sit by their window to look for men who walked by.

While the candy tradition in the United States usually consists of some sort of heart-shaped box of assorted candies, the traditional candy gift for Valentine&rsquos Day in Italy is a chocolate-covered hazelnut called a Baci Perugina. The candy is accompanied with a small piece of paper that contains romantic poems in four different languages.

Photo Credit JUNG YEON-JE/AFP/Getty Images

The actual Valentine&rsquos Day holiday tradition is meant for only women to be the givers of chocolate to their significant other and the following month it&rsquos the men&rsquos turn. March 14 is named White Day and men are meant to give their female counterpart a non-chocolate candy. April 14 is marked as Black Day and is geared towards those who are not in a relationship. The tradition for Black Day is for single people to mourn their single lives, hence the name of the holiday. Single people are supposed to eat jajangmyeon noodles, which are black in color, on April 14. While the tradition of women giving chocolate to their partners on Valentine&rsquos Day is a widespread tradition in Eastern Asian countries, South Korea takes the tradition a step further than other countries with a bigger amount of chocolate given.

Photo Credit Mark Large - WPA Pool/Getty Images

While many countries’ citizens deliver handwritten notes and poems to their significant others on Valentine&rsquos Day, paper Valentine&rsquos were so popular in England during the 19th Century that they gave way to the production of mass-produced greeting cards we see today. In earlier times, a tradition for women the night before Valentine&rsquos Day was to secure four bay leaves to each corner of their pillow before sleeping and to eat hard boiled eggs with salt while removing the yokes. This tradition was meant to provoke dreams of their future husbands on Valentine&rsquos Day eve. Women would also write names on pieces of paper wrapped in clay balls to be dropped into water and the ball that rose to the surface first would be their future husband.


Valentine’s Traditions From Around The World

Valentine&rsquos Day can be stigmatized as a commercial holiday meant to help sell cards, flowers and candy. However, it&rsquos interesting to know that the tradition of Valentine&rsquos Day has vestiges that date back centuries before Christ and takes on various forms all over the world. While the notion of expressing one&rsquos love on Valentine&rsquos Day is basically the same, different countries have their own traditions for this beloved holiday.

Photo Credit Thinkstock.com

Another tradition in Italy&rsquos Valentine&rsquos Day history was the notion that the first man a girl sees on Valentine&rsquos Day would be the man (or look like the man) she would marry within a year. Unmarried girls would wake up extra early to sit by their window to look for men who walked by.

While the candy tradition in the United States usually consists of some sort of heart-shaped box of assorted candies, the traditional candy gift for Valentine&rsquos Day in Italy is a chocolate-covered hazelnut called a Baci Perugina. The candy is accompanied with a small piece of paper that contains romantic poems in four different languages.

Photo Credit JUNG YEON-JE/AFP/Getty Images

The actual Valentine&rsquos Day holiday tradition is meant for only women to be the givers of chocolate to their significant other and the following month it&rsquos the men&rsquos turn. March 14 is named White Day and men are meant to give their female counterpart a non-chocolate candy. April 14 is marked as Black Day and is geared towards those who are not in a relationship. The tradition for Black Day is for single people to mourn their single lives, hence the name of the holiday. Single people are supposed to eat jajangmyeon noodles, which are black in color, on April 14. While the tradition of women giving chocolate to their partners on Valentine&rsquos Day is a widespread tradition in Eastern Asian countries, South Korea takes the tradition a step further than other countries with a bigger amount of chocolate given.

Photo Credit Mark Large - WPA Pool/Getty Images

While many countries’ citizens deliver handwritten notes and poems to their significant others on Valentine&rsquos Day, paper Valentine&rsquos were so popular in England during the 19th Century that they gave way to the production of mass-produced greeting cards we see today. In earlier times, a tradition for women the night before Valentine&rsquos Day was to secure four bay leaves to each corner of their pillow before sleeping and to eat hard boiled eggs with salt while removing the yokes. This tradition was meant to provoke dreams of their future husbands on Valentine&rsquos Day eve. Women would also write names on pieces of paper wrapped in clay balls to be dropped into water and the ball that rose to the surface first would be their future husband.


Valentine’s Traditions From Around The World

Valentine&rsquos Day can be stigmatized as a commercial holiday meant to help sell cards, flowers and candy. However, it&rsquos interesting to know that the tradition of Valentine&rsquos Day has vestiges that date back centuries before Christ and takes on various forms all over the world. While the notion of expressing one&rsquos love on Valentine&rsquos Day is basically the same, different countries have their own traditions for this beloved holiday.

Photo Credit Thinkstock.com

Another tradition in Italy&rsquos Valentine&rsquos Day history was the notion that the first man a girl sees on Valentine&rsquos Day would be the man (or look like the man) she would marry within a year. Unmarried girls would wake up extra early to sit by their window to look for men who walked by.

While the candy tradition in the United States usually consists of some sort of heart-shaped box of assorted candies, the traditional candy gift for Valentine&rsquos Day in Italy is a chocolate-covered hazelnut called a Baci Perugina. The candy is accompanied with a small piece of paper that contains romantic poems in four different languages.

Photo Credit JUNG YEON-JE/AFP/Getty Images

The actual Valentine&rsquos Day holiday tradition is meant for only women to be the givers of chocolate to their significant other and the following month it&rsquos the men&rsquos turn. March 14 is named White Day and men are meant to give their female counterpart a non-chocolate candy. April 14 is marked as Black Day and is geared towards those who are not in a relationship. The tradition for Black Day is for single people to mourn their single lives, hence the name of the holiday. Single people are supposed to eat jajangmyeon noodles, which are black in color, on April 14. While the tradition of women giving chocolate to their partners on Valentine&rsquos Day is a widespread tradition in Eastern Asian countries, South Korea takes the tradition a step further than other countries with a bigger amount of chocolate given.

Photo Credit Mark Large - WPA Pool/Getty Images

While many countries’ citizens deliver handwritten notes and poems to their significant others on Valentine&rsquos Day, paper Valentine&rsquos were so popular in England during the 19th Century that they gave way to the production of mass-produced greeting cards we see today. In earlier times, a tradition for women the night before Valentine&rsquos Day was to secure four bay leaves to each corner of their pillow before sleeping and to eat hard boiled eggs with salt while removing the yokes. This tradition was meant to provoke dreams of their future husbands on Valentine&rsquos Day eve. Women would also write names on pieces of paper wrapped in clay balls to be dropped into water and the ball that rose to the surface first would be their future husband.


Valentine’s Traditions From Around The World

Valentine&rsquos Day can be stigmatized as a commercial holiday meant to help sell cards, flowers and candy. However, it&rsquos interesting to know that the tradition of Valentine&rsquos Day has vestiges that date back centuries before Christ and takes on various forms all over the world. While the notion of expressing one&rsquos love on Valentine&rsquos Day is basically the same, different countries have their own traditions for this beloved holiday.

Photo Credit Thinkstock.com

Another tradition in Italy&rsquos Valentine&rsquos Day history was the notion that the first man a girl sees on Valentine&rsquos Day would be the man (or look like the man) she would marry within a year. Unmarried girls would wake up extra early to sit by their window to look for men who walked by.

While the candy tradition in the United States usually consists of some sort of heart-shaped box of assorted candies, the traditional candy gift for Valentine&rsquos Day in Italy is a chocolate-covered hazelnut called a Baci Perugina. The candy is accompanied with a small piece of paper that contains romantic poems in four different languages.

Photo Credit JUNG YEON-JE/AFP/Getty Images

The actual Valentine&rsquos Day holiday tradition is meant for only women to be the givers of chocolate to their significant other and the following month it&rsquos the men&rsquos turn. March 14 is named White Day and men are meant to give their female counterpart a non-chocolate candy. April 14 is marked as Black Day and is geared towards those who are not in a relationship. The tradition for Black Day is for single people to mourn their single lives, hence the name of the holiday. Single people are supposed to eat jajangmyeon noodles, which are black in color, on April 14. While the tradition of women giving chocolate to their partners on Valentine&rsquos Day is a widespread tradition in Eastern Asian countries, South Korea takes the tradition a step further than other countries with a bigger amount of chocolate given.

Photo Credit Mark Large - WPA Pool/Getty Images

While many countries’ citizens deliver handwritten notes and poems to their significant others on Valentine&rsquos Day, paper Valentine&rsquos were so popular in England during the 19th Century that they gave way to the production of mass-produced greeting cards we see today. In earlier times, a tradition for women the night before Valentine&rsquos Day was to secure four bay leaves to each corner of their pillow before sleeping and to eat hard boiled eggs with salt while removing the yokes. This tradition was meant to provoke dreams of their future husbands on Valentine&rsquos Day eve. Women would also write names on pieces of paper wrapped in clay balls to be dropped into water and the ball that rose to the surface first would be their future husband.


Valentine’s Traditions From Around The World

Valentine&rsquos Day can be stigmatized as a commercial holiday meant to help sell cards, flowers and candy. However, it&rsquos interesting to know that the tradition of Valentine&rsquos Day has vestiges that date back centuries before Christ and takes on various forms all over the world. While the notion of expressing one&rsquos love on Valentine&rsquos Day is basically the same, different countries have their own traditions for this beloved holiday.

Photo Credit Thinkstock.com

Another tradition in Italy&rsquos Valentine&rsquos Day history was the notion that the first man a girl sees on Valentine&rsquos Day would be the man (or look like the man) she would marry within a year. Unmarried girls would wake up extra early to sit by their window to look for men who walked by.

While the candy tradition in the United States usually consists of some sort of heart-shaped box of assorted candies, the traditional candy gift for Valentine&rsquos Day in Italy is a chocolate-covered hazelnut called a Baci Perugina. The candy is accompanied with a small piece of paper that contains romantic poems in four different languages.

Photo Credit JUNG YEON-JE/AFP/Getty Images

The actual Valentine&rsquos Day holiday tradition is meant for only women to be the givers of chocolate to their significant other and the following month it&rsquos the men&rsquos turn. March 14 is named White Day and men are meant to give their female counterpart a non-chocolate candy. April 14 is marked as Black Day and is geared towards those who are not in a relationship. The tradition for Black Day is for single people to mourn their single lives, hence the name of the holiday. Single people are supposed to eat jajangmyeon noodles, which are black in color, on April 14. While the tradition of women giving chocolate to their partners on Valentine&rsquos Day is a widespread tradition in Eastern Asian countries, South Korea takes the tradition a step further than other countries with a bigger amount of chocolate given.

Photo Credit Mark Large - WPA Pool/Getty Images

While many countries’ citizens deliver handwritten notes and poems to their significant others on Valentine&rsquos Day, paper Valentine&rsquos were so popular in England during the 19th Century that they gave way to the production of mass-produced greeting cards we see today. In earlier times, a tradition for women the night before Valentine&rsquos Day was to secure four bay leaves to each corner of their pillow before sleeping and to eat hard boiled eggs with salt while removing the yokes. This tradition was meant to provoke dreams of their future husbands on Valentine&rsquos Day eve. Women would also write names on pieces of paper wrapped in clay balls to be dropped into water and the ball that rose to the surface first would be their future husband.


Valentine’s Traditions From Around The World

Valentine&rsquos Day can be stigmatized as a commercial holiday meant to help sell cards, flowers and candy. However, it&rsquos interesting to know that the tradition of Valentine&rsquos Day has vestiges that date back centuries before Christ and takes on various forms all over the world. While the notion of expressing one&rsquos love on Valentine&rsquos Day is basically the same, different countries have their own traditions for this beloved holiday.

Photo Credit Thinkstock.com

Another tradition in Italy&rsquos Valentine&rsquos Day history was the notion that the first man a girl sees on Valentine&rsquos Day would be the man (or look like the man) she would marry within a year. Unmarried girls would wake up extra early to sit by their window to look for men who walked by.

While the candy tradition in the United States usually consists of some sort of heart-shaped box of assorted candies, the traditional candy gift for Valentine&rsquos Day in Italy is a chocolate-covered hazelnut called a Baci Perugina. The candy is accompanied with a small piece of paper that contains romantic poems in four different languages.

Photo Credit JUNG YEON-JE/AFP/Getty Images

The actual Valentine&rsquos Day holiday tradition is meant for only women to be the givers of chocolate to their significant other and the following month it&rsquos the men&rsquos turn. March 14 is named White Day and men are meant to give their female counterpart a non-chocolate candy. April 14 is marked as Black Day and is geared towards those who are not in a relationship. The tradition for Black Day is for single people to mourn their single lives, hence the name of the holiday. Single people are supposed to eat jajangmyeon noodles, which are black in color, on April 14. While the tradition of women giving chocolate to their partners on Valentine&rsquos Day is a widespread tradition in Eastern Asian countries, South Korea takes the tradition a step further than other countries with a bigger amount of chocolate given.

Photo Credit Mark Large - WPA Pool/Getty Images

While many countries’ citizens deliver handwritten notes and poems to their significant others on Valentine&rsquos Day, paper Valentine&rsquos were so popular in England during the 19th Century that they gave way to the production of mass-produced greeting cards we see today. In earlier times, a tradition for women the night before Valentine&rsquos Day was to secure four bay leaves to each corner of their pillow before sleeping and to eat hard boiled eggs with salt while removing the yokes. This tradition was meant to provoke dreams of their future husbands on Valentine&rsquos Day eve. Women would also write names on pieces of paper wrapped in clay balls to be dropped into water and the ball that rose to the surface first would be their future husband.


Valentine’s Traditions From Around The World

Valentine&rsquos Day can be stigmatized as a commercial holiday meant to help sell cards, flowers and candy. However, it&rsquos interesting to know that the tradition of Valentine&rsquos Day has vestiges that date back centuries before Christ and takes on various forms all over the world. While the notion of expressing one&rsquos love on Valentine&rsquos Day is basically the same, different countries have their own traditions for this beloved holiday.

Photo Credit Thinkstock.com

Another tradition in Italy&rsquos Valentine&rsquos Day history was the notion that the first man a girl sees on Valentine&rsquos Day would be the man (or look like the man) she would marry within a year. Unmarried girls would wake up extra early to sit by their window to look for men who walked by.

While the candy tradition in the United States usually consists of some sort of heart-shaped box of assorted candies, the traditional candy gift for Valentine&rsquos Day in Italy is a chocolate-covered hazelnut called a Baci Perugina. The candy is accompanied with a small piece of paper that contains romantic poems in four different languages.

Photo Credit JUNG YEON-JE/AFP/Getty Images

The actual Valentine&rsquos Day holiday tradition is meant for only women to be the givers of chocolate to their significant other and the following month it&rsquos the men&rsquos turn. March 14 is named White Day and men are meant to give their female counterpart a non-chocolate candy. April 14 is marked as Black Day and is geared towards those who are not in a relationship. The tradition for Black Day is for single people to mourn their single lives, hence the name of the holiday. Single people are supposed to eat jajangmyeon noodles, which are black in color, on April 14. While the tradition of women giving chocolate to their partners on Valentine&rsquos Day is a widespread tradition in Eastern Asian countries, South Korea takes the tradition a step further than other countries with a bigger amount of chocolate given.

Photo Credit Mark Large - WPA Pool/Getty Images

While many countries’ citizens deliver handwritten notes and poems to their significant others on Valentine&rsquos Day, paper Valentine&rsquos were so popular in England during the 19th Century that they gave way to the production of mass-produced greeting cards we see today. In earlier times, a tradition for women the night before Valentine&rsquos Day was to secure four bay leaves to each corner of their pillow before sleeping and to eat hard boiled eggs with salt while removing the yokes. This tradition was meant to provoke dreams of their future husbands on Valentine&rsquos Day eve. Women would also write names on pieces of paper wrapped in clay balls to be dropped into water and the ball that rose to the surface first would be their future husband.