Valentine’s Day is not just for those in Love


Ayla Faullin

Valentine’s Day is celebrated here in America on February 14th, and people (typically lovers) exchange gifts such as chocolate, flowers, and balloons. But Valentine’s day is not just an American holiday, and different places celebrate love differently. Here are some of the unique ways worldwide that celebrate Valentine’s Day differently. 

In South Korea, they celebrate on the 14th of each month, doing something special with their lover depending on the month. Celebrating love every month of the year might be a perfect thing. It would be harder to forget to appreciate the special people in your life. 

Wales has a fascinating and old tradition, dating back to the 16th century. On Jan 25, a day is called St. Dwynwen’s Day, couples exchange beautiful hand-crafted wooden spoons, called ‘lovespoons.’ It is a unique tradition, unlike any other in the world. 

In Japan, February 14th is for women and girls to give gifts, whether to their friends or lovers. Men are not allowed to return gifts on Valentine’s Day. That’s because March 14th, called White Day, is the day for the men to express their gratitude and return gifts. 

In Denmark, they exchange gifts such as chocolate and flowers and have a beautiful and sweet tradition. Lovers exchange handmade cards with flowers called snowdrops. They symbolize hope since they are the first flower to bloom.

Finally, in Estonia, Valentine’s day is a little bit different. It is called Sobrapaev, and it is also a day for celebrating friendship. During their fantastic festival, couples exchange gifts and friends. It is an excellent reminder of the diversity of love. 

There are many more cultures worldwide that uniquely celebrate Valentine’s Day. Valentine’s Day is an excellent reminder of the precious people in our lives, how much we should value each other, and the love we have, whether with friends, family, or lovers. Have a happy Valentine’s Day, everyone!