Women give gifts, typically chocolates, to men on Valentine's Day. There are two types of chocolates: "honmei-choco" (chocolates given to express true feelings) and "giri-choco" (obligatory chocolates given to friends, colleagues, or bosses).
Valentine's Day is not only celebrated on February 14th but also on the 14th of every month throughout the year. Each month has a different theme, such as Rose Day or Hug Day, and couples exchange specific gifts or gestures.
Known as the "City of Love," Paris is a popular destination for couples on Valentine's Day. French couples often celebrate with romantic dinners, and it's common to exchange love letters or cards.
In Wales, there is a unique tradition called "Dydd Santes Dwynwen" on January 25th, considered the Welsh equivalent of Valentine's Day. Couples exchange love spoons, intricately carved wooden spoons symbolizing their commitment to each other.
In Italy, Valentine's Day is celebrated with romantic dinners and gift exchanges. One traditional custom is the "Baci Perugina," small, chocolate-covered hazelnuts with romantic messages inside.
In India, couples celebrate Valentine's Day by exchanging flowers, gifts, and enjoying romantic moments, adding vibrant colors of love to the diverse tapestry of cultural traditions.
In addition to the typical exchange of cards and flowers, Women in South Africa often wear their hearts on their sleeves, quite literally, pinning the names of their crushes on their shirt sleeves.
Mass weddings are a common sight on Valentine's Day in the Philippines. Many couples choose to get married or renew their vows in large ceremonies, often sponsored by the government.
Danish couples exchange pressed white flowers called "snowdrops" as a sign of love. Additionally, friends and sweethearts often exchange humorous poems or "gaekkebrev," signed only with dots representing the sender's name.
Brazilians celebrate "Dia dos Namorados" (Lovers' Day) on June 12th. It is a day for couples to exchange gifts, go out for romantic dinners, and express their love for each other.