Ready for a Valentine's Day world tour? Prepare to be surprised, because while the French version of Valentine's Day is classic and romantic with a pretty bouquet, a ring, or a nice romantic dinner, our neighbours have much crazier ideas to make Valentine's Day a party to remember. Here are the 5 most unusual traditions to celebrate love.
In Japan, celebrating love with white, the color of love
On February 14 in Japan, women buy chocolates for the men in their lives:
• The "honmei choco" are often homemade, are intended for their lover.
• The "giri choco", obligatory chocolates, are given to their colleagues and their boss.
Today, they give white chocolates, white sweets, and white lingerie to their partner. For singles, postpone your vacation a little, on April 14th, we celebrate the "black day", the day of singles, with a plate of black beans. Hello social pressure.
In Scotland, go out, but be careful who you cross paths with
In Scotland, there is a strange tradition that the first person of the opposite sex you meet on Valentine's Day becomes your Valentine for the whole day. Rest assured, you don't have to invite them to dinner or give them a gift, it's a purely symbolic tradition.
In Thailand, gentlemen, count your roses
On Valentine's Day in Thailand, men give a bouquet of roses. So far, it's pretty classic.
But be careful, the number of roses has a great significance. We give:
• Only 1 rose for the love of his life.
• 11 roses for his girlfriend.
• 99 roses for everlasting love.
• 108 roses for a marriage proposal.
In Finland, a very sporty Valentine's Day
It is customary for Finns to organise a sports championship: men are invited to take part in a race carrying their partner on their back or in their arms. At the finish, the winner takes home his wife's weight in liters of beer!
In Singapore: dare to use message mandarins: These are the fruits that symbolize romantic encounters. On Valentine's Day, single women write sweet notes (and their phone numbers!) on tangerines that they throw into rivers. Transported by the current, the fruit is collected by merchants to be resold… and maybe reach the one they love.
It's up to you to book your ticket for next year and experience an unusual Valentine's Day abroad.