Love all year round

Published February 14, 2021, 10:35 AM

by Gabriela Baron

You might be wondering how the most romantic day of the year is celebrated around the world.

While Valentine’s Day marks a day of exchanging flowers, sweets, and greeting cards, there are also unique traditions that differ country to country. 



In Argentina, Valentine’s Day is not celebrated in February, but there’s  “The week of sweetness” in July. It’s the day when lovers exchange kisses and receive chocolates and other sweets. 


“Dia dos Namorados,” or “Lovers day” festival is celebrated in Brazil. There’s a usual exchange of chocolates, cards, and flowers. There’s also music festivals and dance performances throughout the day.


On February 14, “San Trifon Zartan” or “day of winemakers” is celebrated in Bulgaria. Couples express their love with a glass of local wine.


“Sobrapaev” or friendship day is celebrated every February 14. The festival includes couples and singles. Family members and friends exchange gifts and celebrate love during the day.


Finlands adopts a friendlier Valentine’s Day called “Ystävän Päivä.” February 14 is all about celebrating friendship, where friends exchange presents and cards with the greeting “Happy friends day!”


Women make the first move on Valentine’s Day. They give men gifts first. Men, meanwhile, return the gesture on March 14, which is known as the “White Day.” Men give women white chocolate and other white gifts as a sign of their affection.


There is a celebration in Korea known as the “Black Day.” It is celebrated on April 14, single friends gather to eat noodles with black sauce and celebrate being single. 


Ghana, one of the largest cocoa-producing countries, celebrates February 14 as the “National Chocolate Day.” The Ghana government started the tradition in 2007 to increase tourism in the country.


Valentine’s Day in Spain is not celebrated on February 14, but on October 9. This is known as the feast of Saint Dionysus. The festival is celebrated in most of the parts of Spain by making “macadora,” a marzipan figurine which is made by men as gifts to their female companions.